Hillary and Chelsea Clinton propel Colbert's 'Late Show' to record high Monday rating

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton propel Colbert's 'Late Show' to record high Monday rating
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Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE and her daughter Chelsea this week helped propel CBS "Late Show" host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands Get woke, go broke: Pious, political Oscars crashes, loses tens of millions of viewers Colbert responds to Chauvin verdict: 'There is more work to be done' MORE to the program's highest Monday night ratings, drawing more than 3.7 million viewers.

According to Nielsen Media Research, the audience for the interview equaled the combined ratings for ABC's "Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelBiden to record video message for 'Vax Live' concert Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch: Fox won back ratings after second impeachment trial 'Trump effect' propels Hollywood's political hopefuls MORE Live" and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on NBC.


Colbert asked the Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, about the prospects of a Trump impeachment amid a swirling scandal surrounding his contacts with Ukraine.

“Your fault for coming on Ukraine week,” Colbert joked to Clinton.

“What do you make of it?” he asked as the audience began chanting “lock him up,” similar to the “lock her up” chants about Clinton that Trump supporters engaged in during rallies leading up to the 2016 election.

“We have started an impeachment inquiry, which will look at the evidence, and I think that’s exactly what should be done,” Clinton said.

Colbert's show has benefited from the politically focused Trump era, with the host leading CBS to its first full season win in 25 years in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic for the 2018-2019 season that ended in May.

The former Comedy Central averaged 679,000 viewers per night in that demographic, compared with Fallon's 659,000 and Kimmel's 486,000, according to Nielsen.

The victory in that group is the first for CBS in the 11:30 p.m. ET slot since 1994.
Colbert took over for former "Late Show" host David Letterman in 2015.