Late night television has been a classic staple of television in the United States for decades. While late night television used to have just one or two main shows, the industry has continued to expand and there are now several major programs that draw millions of viewers each night. While there are several popular shows, the winner of the ratings battle has recently been announced (http://fortune.com/2017/05/24/stephen-colbert-cbs-season-ratings/).
According to the recent ratings results, the most popular late night television show today is The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which is on CBS. This is the first time that the show has been rated number one. Over the past few months, the show has averaged 3.19 million viewers per night. This compared to the second place show, and the reigning ratings champ, The Tonight Show, which stars Jimmy Fallon and drew 3.17 million viewers over the same period of time.
While this is the first time that The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has been rated number one, it seemed obvious that this time was coming. Stephen Colbert has had several sessions of his show go viral due to his open criticism of Donald Trump, several sessions of which ended up being directly responded to by the President.
While Colbert’s show was number one, he still is well behind Jimmy Fallon in the 18-49 category, which is often considered the most lucrative of all groups. However, this continues to show great growth for the show, which has seen a 15% increase in viewership in the last year alone.