Well, it appears lightning has struck twice: Stephen Colbert’s Late Show has managed to stay at the top of the late-night heap for the second week in a row. In doing so, Colbert has surpassed his own ratings record, which he set just last week.
According to Deadline, this is the first time that Colbert has had back-to-back ratings wins since his inaugural week on the network. Two weeks ago, he averaged 2.6 million viewers — this week, that number has surpassed three million. This spike in ratings surely has to do with the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency; Colbert is, first and foremost, a satirist, and he has used that skill set to lambast the President and his cabinet in recent weeks. Although he did promise to move away from the satirical character that made him famous on Comedy Central, it appears that some aspects of the old Colbert are starting to manifest once again. As such, his fans are finding their way back home.
Going into Trump’s inauguration, Colbert had been consistently sitting in second place behind Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show by a mere 8,000 viewers, with around 2.84 million viewers, so the gains he’s made in recent weeks have been significant. While Colbert won in overall viewers and with the 50+ demographic, Fallon still held onto the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 demos.
Now, the true test will be seeing whether Colbert can maintain this lead. With all of the fodder that the current administration is providing the media, his odds are looking pretty good.