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'The Late Show' New host Stephen Colbert kicks off with 6.6m viewers

Stephen Colbert crushed it with an average of 6.6 million viewers on the show's premiere on Tuesday, September 8, beating 'Tonight Show' and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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'The Late Show' is definitely in great hands as the new host, Stephen Colbert  - who replaced David Letterman - debuted with an impressive start this week!

Stephen Colbert premiers 'The Late Show' with 6.6million viewers. Hope David Letterman is proud indeed play

Stephen Colbert premiers 'The Late Show' with 6.6million viewers. Hope David Letterman is proud indeed

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Reports say Colbert crushed it with an average of 6.6 million viewers on the show's premiere on Tuesday, September 8. In fact, he doubled the Late Show audience from a year ago, the Neilsen ratings company reports.

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George Clooney and Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show"

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With his first guests, Jeb Bush and George Clooney, 'The Late Show' beat did not only beat NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which drew slightly less than 3 million viewers, but also crushed ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, by 1.75 million viewers.

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Queen Latifah talks 'Bessie' role on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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CBS' rising tide also lifted The Late Show With James Corden to a victory over its NBC rival, Late Night With Seth Meyers. Corden delivered 1.85 million viewers to Meyers' 1.3 million.

Colbert's highly publicized debut followed his exit last December as host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.

Guess we all will be watching now.

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