The first two weeks of sweeps month have been very good locally for CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
Colbert's household rating for the first two weeks here is about 30 percent higher than the ratings here for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." He won again Thursday night when Fallon actually dipped to third here behind ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Colbert's nightly criticism of President Trump has helped him, and the president did the late night host another big favor by blasting the comedian in a Time Magazine article as a no-talent, unfunny comedian who uses filthy words.
On Thursday night, Colbert did what any comedian would do in that situation – make fun of a president going after a comedian.
After a monologue that poked fun at the Trump administration's changing narrative on why FBI director James Comey was fired, Colbert acknowledged Trump's shots at him.
Colbert said he knew Trump doesn't know a lot about some things before adding "I never thought one of them was show business. Didn't you know I've been trying for a year to have you say my name?"
Colbert added that Trump was accurate when he said his appearance on "The Late Show" was highly rated.
But then he added that the only guest who had higher ratings was "low energy" Jeb Bush.
Colbert declared himself in the winner in his battle with Trump, and NBC's "Today" pretty much confirmed it this morning. It played some clips of Colbert's monologue. When you get a rival network to talk about you, you are a winner.