Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea this week helped propel CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert 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 Kimmel 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 victory in that group is the first for CBS in the 11:30 p.m. ET slot since 1994.