Jimmy Kimmel opened the 2017-18 season with a rare ratings win over late-night rivals Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert.
ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” drew a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo Monday, according to Nielsen metered-market numbers, topping CBS’ “The Late show With Stephen Colbert” and NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” which each drew a 0.5. In household ratings, Kimmel finished second with a 2.3, trailing Colbert at 2.5. Fallon finished third with a 1.8.
Colbert also led in total viewers, with 1.626 million to Kimmel’s 1.542 million. Fallon again finished third with 1.116 million.
The late-night ratings wars heated up last season as Colbert pulled ahead of Fallon in total viewers, while the NBC host maintained an edge in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo. Kimmel has finished a consistent third in both categories. But buzz around the ABC host spiked in the past week as he used his monologue night after night to challenge efforts by the Republican congress to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Kimmel became an outspoken proponent of the law earlier this year after his wife gave birth to a son born with a heart defect.
On Monday night, Kimmel thanked Senators Susan Collins of Maine and John McCain of Arizona for announcing that they would vote against the most recent effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The opposition of the two republican Senators effectively sunk a bill being forwarded by their colleagues.
Watch Kimmel’s Monday-night monologue below: