The episode, during which the former president promoted his new memoir “A Promised Land” and denounced the current administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, was watched by 3.49 million people, according to Nielsen.
The last time “The Late Show” had an audience that big was in October 2019, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat down for an interview with Colbert following Congress’ decision to launch an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.
“The Late Show” is currently averaging 3.02 million viewers, leading competitors “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” with 1.77 million and 1.50 million total viewers, respectively. The CBS late-night show is also leading in another key demographic, adults aged 18-49, with 452,000 viewers to Kimmel’s 386,000 and Fallon’s 348,000.
During Colbert’s interview with Obama — the show