Gutfeld beats Colbert, Fallon in late night ratings
Fox News’ “Gutfeld!” outperformed every other late-night show, including Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show,” in total viewership and the coveted age 25 to 54 demographic on Tuesday evening.
“Gutfeld” hosted by Greg Gutfeld, also a co-host of Fox News’ “The Five,” took in a total average of 2.120 million viewers, with 434,000 falling in the 25 to 54 demographic. Colbert’s “Late Show” took in an average of 1.896 million total viewers, with 423,000 falling in the key demographic, according to The Wrap.
Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” came in third with a total average of 1.216 million viewers with 354,000 in the 25 to 54 demographic.
Gutfeld has been a top ratings earner since his show first aired, beating out Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Maher, and Trevor Noah in its first week. The debut week for “Gutfeld!” drew an average of 1.57 million viewers in its first five episodes. That’s higher than “The Tonight Show,” which averaged 1.38 million viewers, and HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” which averaged 1.08 million viewers during the same time period.
The ratings announcement comes after Stephen Colbert received criticism for comparing the Capitol Hill protestors to the Taliban on his show earlier this week following the fall of Afghanistan to the terror group. His comment, meant to be a funny joke was not perceived as such by many viewers.
“I’m actually confused, isn’t the tonight show supposed to be funny? I miss Letterman when it was about jokes. This isn’t funny,” replied one Twitter user.
“Man, I loved when late night talk shows were funny and not political commentary mixed with moral posturing. Those were the days…” Said another.
“I’m old enough to remember when late night talk show hosts were funny,” quipped someone else.