Premiere Ratings: Late Show and Ellen are Up, The View Falls

Ratings news roundup includes premiere numbers for Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The View, and Ellen Degeneres. Plus, numbers for last night’s America’s Got Talent.

Late Show with Stephen Colbert opens with solid ratings. Read more at TV By The Numbers.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – CBS’s premiere of THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT averaged 6.6 million viewers, Tuesday’s most watched late night program in viewers and key demographics, according to Nielsen live plus same day fast national ratings for Sept. 8. LATE SHOW delivered its largest Tuesday audience, excluding David Letterman’s final week since July 25, 1995, in adults 25-54 since February 9, 2010, in adults 18-49 since January 27, 2009 and in adults 18-34 since September 4, 2007. On the CBS Owned Stations, THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT averaged 5.3/15, up +231% versus the same night last year (1.6/04) and up +179% from last year’s “Late Show” season premiere (1.9/05). Every CBS Owned Station ranked first in late night in viewers.

We’ll see how the numbers go as Colbert settles into his new job. I have a feeling Fallon will still come out the winner, but Colbert will give him a good, hard run. Kimmel, over on ABC, is going to be the odd man out, unfortunately.

The View premiere ratings were LOWER than last season’s numbers.  Will all that re-tooling ABC did be for naught? Read more at The Wrap

Ratings for the 19th-season premiere of ABC’s “The View” dropped 22 percent from last year’s season opener, which hit an eight-year high due to the return of Rosie O’Donnell after a seven-year absence. The revamped syndicated talk show earned a 2.5 rating among households and a 1.0 rating among its targeted demographic of women aged 25-54 — a steep 47 percent drop from a year ago. Apparently newcomer co-hosts Paula Faris, Michelle Collins, Raven-Symoné and Candace Cameron Bure were less of a draw than O’Donnell, who left the daytime show for a second time last February.

Caitlyn Jenner continues to be a TV draw. Ellen Degeneres’ premiere ratings, featuring an interview with  the Olympian and transgender woman, were up vs last season. Via Deadline

Tuesday’s 13th-season premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show posted year-to-year gains to match the Emmy-winning talk show’s best season opener ratings in 11 years. The season debut, which featured an interview with Caitlyn Jenner in her first talk show appearance, drew a 3.2 rating in households (up +7% from the Season 12 premiere) and a 1.8 in women 25-54 (up +13%).

And finally, On NBC last night, America’s Got Talent earned a 2.0, down three tenths from last week’s 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, but it still won the night, so no worries. The America’s Got Talent auditions for next season are starting up soon, there was no doubt the show would return to the airwaves next summer. It continues to be a consistent summer performer for NBC. – Via TVByTheNumbers

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