Fox News late-night show 'Gutfeld!' nears top of ratings race

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld's new late-night show recently topped traditional late-night broadcast shows "Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelMegan Fox: Critics who bashed Trump 'legend' remark have a 'burn a witch at the stake mentality' Trump is gone, but the jokes remain James Corden to change popular segment after backlash MORE Live!" and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Gutfeld!” averaged 1.6 million viewers for the week ending May 14, beating Kimmel on ABC and Fallon on NBC, though it trailed CBS's “Late Show with Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertColbert: Trump era 'almost like a spell was being cast' on the American people Charlamagne Tha God to host late-night Comedy Central show Late-night show hosts slam Tennessee's vaccine policies MORE,” Nielsen data shows.

May 13 was the Fox show’s best night so far, with 1.8 million viewers, placing second only to Colbert's show, which drew 1.9 million viewers. Gutfeld's show beat Colbert slightly in the key 25- to 54-year-old demographic.

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“Gutfeld!” has ranked third overall since its debut in April, averaging 1.5 million viewers, below Kimmel's 1.6 million and Colbert's 2 million but above "The Tonight Show's" 1.4 million.

Prior to hosting the new 11 p.m. show, Gutfeld helmed an eponymous talk show that aired at 10 p.m. ET. He is also a co-host on “The Five,” which airs at 5 p.m.

-Updated 6:05 p.m.