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Ratings: “Tonight Show” Hits Weekly Viewership High for Trump, Again Tops “Colbert”

Friday’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” which featured Donald Trump, Terrence Howard, and Pharrell, was the third of this week’s four episodes to beat “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in adults 18-49 and total viewers.

It was, moreover, the week’s most-watched episode of “Fallon.”

Per fast-official data, Friday’s edition of the NBC talk show posted a 1.15 adults 18-49 rating with 4.456 million viewers. CBS’ “Colbert” managed a 0.74 with 3.475 million audience members.

While the 1.15 adults 18-49 rating trailed the 1.24 drawn on Wednesday and the football-assisted 1.52 posted on Thursday, the episode’s viewership total was the week’s greatest.

It was also the greatest for a Friday episode since the February 20 broadcast scored 4.814 million.

Over the course of fall premiere week, “The Tonight Show” averaged a 1.20 adults 18-49 rating with 3.946 million total viewers. “Colbert,” which benefited greatly from its September 8 series premiere episode, averaged a 0.94 with 4.468 million viewers.

— Friday’s “Colbert” featured Amy Schumer, Stephen King and Paul Simon (in “Troubled Waters,” a Paul Simon tribute band).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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