Stephen Colbert’s Live ‘Late Show’ Tops Ratings for First Time Since February

Stephen Colbert topped the broadcast late-night leaderboard on Monday, marking the first time that’s happened since Feb. 15.

From 11:30 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. ET, the live “Late Show” averaged a 2.1 rating in the 56 overnight metered markets, up 24 percent from the same night last week. That’s the CBS show’s best overnight household rating since May 10.

Jimmy Fallon‘s “Tonight Show” landed a 2.0, while Jimmy Kimmel had a 1.5, according to Nielsen.

Among those ages 18-49, “The Late Show” averaged 0.5 rating, its biggest number in the 25 local people meter markets since that aforementioned mid-February date.

By that metric, Fallon bested Colbert with a 0.7. Kimmel put up a 0.4. The demo order was the same among adults 25-54.

Last night’s live “Late Show” followed the Republican National Convention’s opening evening. It featured an appearance by Jon Stewart and the reprisal of Colbert’s “Colbert Report” character from the Comedy Central days.