Colbert’s 18-week winning streak over Fallon is over

Stephen Colbert’s 18-week run atop the late-night ratings heap has come to an end.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” edged out “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” by 34,000 viewers for the week ended June 23.

Fallon’s average total viewership of 2.66 million — versus Colbert’s 2.62 million — secured the first late-night victory for NBC since the week ended Jan. 20, according to Nielsen.

Fallon’s win warrants an asterisk, however, as Colbert’s ratings for last week excluded Thursday and Friday.

CBS ran “Late Show” repeats on those two nights as its Trump-trashing host traveled to Russia.

Colbert assured viewers on Monday that he has plenty of video from the Russian trip — at Trump’s expense, no doubt — to be shown throughout the week.

Colbert has taken “Late Show” to new heights with his Trump takedowns, although it’s uncertain how long his political satire will satisfy the late-night crowd.

Samantha Bee of “Full Frontal,” a weekly late-night show on TBS, has been complaining about “Trump fatigue” for weeks.

“I’m just tired of Trump,” she said on a panel about her show on May 16. “The night before the election I was like, ‘I’ll never have to talk about Donald Trump again.’”

Then again, Nielsen’s L+3 numbers, which include live viewing plus three days of delayed playback, are expected to sustain Colbert’s run as late-night king — despite Fallon’s winning the week’s largest audience for live plus same-day viewing.

With the L+3 data in through Thursday, Colbert’s “Late Show” has 3.1 million viewers, which experts consider an insurmountable lead over “Tonight’s” 2.82 million viewers.

Fallon, however, continues to dominate the 18-49 age group, with his “Tonight” posting 870,000 viewers in the demographic coveted by advertisers for the week, compared with 538,000 for Colbert’s “Late Show.”

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