How Stephen Colbert Is Widening His Late-Night Lead and Doubling Down on Trump

Late Show executive producer Chris Licht on moonlighting with Showtime's Our Cartoon President

Late Show will air live on Tuesday, two days after Our Cartoon President makes its digital debut on Showtime. CBS/Showtime

A year and a half after it began, Stephen Colbert’s late-night resurgence shows no signs of letting up. Halfway through the 2017-18 season, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is up 30 percent in total viewers from a year ago (3.83 million, over 1 million more than The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s 2.79 million audience). And while Fallon is still ahead in the 18-49 demo, his lead has shrunk to just one tenth of a ratings point (0.7 to Colbert’s 0.6).

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.