Colbert's shows from Russia are winners for CBS


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NEW YORK (AP) — Russia may represent bad news for President Donald Trump. But not for his late-night nemesis, Stephen Colbert.

The CBS "Late Show" host scored his largest margin of victory since his debut week nearly two years ago for shows that featured segments filmed during his recent trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The Nielsen company said the "Late Show" average 2.87 million viewers last week, topping Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight" show, which had 2.42 million. Jimmy Kimmel on ABC averaged 1.62 million viewers.

Behind its summertime powerhouse, "America's Got Talent," NBC won another week in the ratings.

NBC averaged 5 million viewers in prime time. CBS was second with 4.4 million, ABC had 3 million, Fox had 1.8 million, Univision had 1.7 million, Ion Television had 1.26 million, Telemundo had 1.25 million and the CW had 970,000.

Fox News Channel was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 1.88 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.79 million, Disney had 1.61 million, HGTV had 1.48 million and Discovery had 1.44 million.

ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.5 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 7.2 million and the "CBS Evening News had 5.6 million viewers.

For the week of July 17-23, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 12.57 million; "Game of Thrones," HBO, 9.27 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.36 million; "World of Dance," NBC, 6.91 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.49 million; "NCIS," CBS, 6.49 million; "The Bachelorette," ABC, 6.22 million; "Big Brother" (Wednesday), CBS, 6.19 million; "Celebrity Family Feud," ABC, 6.02 million; "Big Brother" (Sunday), CBS, 5.98 million.

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ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.

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