The Donald Trump ratings bonanza was in full effect for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on Friday as the frontrunner for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination took the comedian to heights he hasn’t experienced on a Friday in 18 months.
Variety reports that the controversial candidate — and former star of The Apprentice — scored 4.5 million viewers for Fallon, with a 1.2 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic.
The last time that a Friday show has done that well for Fallon was on February 28, 2014.
Compare those numbers to Stephen Colbert’s new Late Show, which only raked in 3.5 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, and it’s pretty clear that Donald Trump is a ratings magnet right now.
Making that point even more in depth are CNN’s advertising rates going into the Sept. 16 Republican debate. Trump got wind that CNN would be upping their advertising rates 4,000 percent in anticipation of how many viewers would be tuning in to see him, and decided to put the cable news channel in an awkward position.
The Inquisitr reported earlier this week that Trump had written a letter to CNN head Jeff Zucker asking him to take the profits from the debate and donate it to a charity that supports military veterans.
Critics of “the Donald” saw the move as pandering while getting in a jab at a network that hasn’t always been “friendly” to him.
Most people loved the idea on social media.
“CNN does it,” wrote one commenter, “Trump a boss [sic]. CNN doesn’t — Trump tried, everyone hates CNN, Trump a boss. CNN doesn’t and Trump boycotts the debate — Trump destroys all and shows how to make deals, Trump a boss. CNN doesn’t — Trump holds a press conference live at the same time and steals the show, Trump a boss.
One thing was for sure on Trump’s Tonight Show appearance: he certainly had the run of the place like “a boss,” playing well with Fallon and keeping the audience laughing. Take the now famous “Trump interviews Trump” segment below.
In addition to Donald Trump ratings being so unusually high for Fallon, it was also of note that another potential Presidential contender for 2016 made a late night appearance earlier in the week when Stephen Colbert welcomed Vice President Joe Biden.
The interview was widely celebrated as “touching” and “deeply personal,” Forbes notes, but it didn’t pull in a bigger audience than Fallon’s sit-down with “the Donald.”
What do you think is the cause of Donald Trump ratings being so high, readers?
[Image via “Trump Interviews Trump” screen grab]