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 ClintonJuan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump Rep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? MORE and her daughter Chelsea this week helped propel CBS "Late Show" host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertCan the GOP break its addiction to show biz? Colbert asks Republicans 'have you had enough?' in live show after Capitol violence Late-night hosts announce plans to discuss Capitol violence 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 KimmelAnnual Snowball Express event to thank military families goes virtual amid pandemic John Mulaney says Secret Service investigated him over SNL joke Obama jokes that he's 'scared' of Michelle, Sasha 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.