Barack Obama Gives ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ A Late Night Ratings Boost

Kaitlan Collins | White House Correspondent

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” had the best ratings of any late night show Monday night thanks to Barack Obama.

(Photo: Getty Images)

(Photo: Getty Images)

The president’s third interview with Kimmel delivered a 2.7 household rating share in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets, according to Variety. It was the highest rating that Kimmel has had since Obama last appeared on the show in March 2015.

Those numbers beat the 2.1 rating “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” received and the 2.6 “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” garnered.

(Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

During his interview, Obama made Donald Trump the punch line of his joke as he read a selection of mean tweets.

“President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States,” Obama said. “@RealDonaldTrump.”

“Really? Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a president.” (RELATED: Obama Takes A Dig At Trump While Reading Mean Tweets About Himself)


The president also revealed that his phone doesn’t have the ability to text, make calls or take pictures.

“I now have an iPhone, but it is like the phone you give your 2-year-old where they can pretend to press things but nothing actually happens,” Obama said. “So my phone has no phone, no camera, no music — all it has is the Internet, and I can send emails.” (RELATED: Obama Tells Kimmel: I’m Very Careful About What I Say In Emails)


Kaitlan Collins

White House Correspondent


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