While Jimmy Fallon appeared to be NBC’s best late night asset for so long, Stephen Colbert’s knack for sharp witted political humor may account for his relative ratings rise to just a hair below Fallon in the latest late night rating wars. Donald Trump’s election which is beloved by some and abhorred by others might just be a big reason for all of this. While Fallon’s political humor is far more tame and nerfball, Stephen Colbert’s more aggressive approach to making jokes about the new administration appears to be finding an audience. While normally great guests and other variable traditionally drive the ratings, this time it seems that comic relief and a comic take on the news seems to be boosting Colbert.
NBC’s later night entry, with Seth Meyers seems to be holding onto many fans with his sharp political writing as well, but James Cordon over at CBS seems to be getting some boost from the new strength of Colbert.
For a time it seemed as if Stephen Colbert could never fill the big shoes of David Letterman. And in so many ways, he could not. But, he seems to defining his own audience lately.