It’s been a long, long election season for the presidential race between Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton. A much shorter voting cycle is now over with our latest Gold Derby poll, and John Oliver is your winner! Over 1,300 people voted over the past few days regarding who has been the best late night host during the latest political season. The star of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is your favorite choice with 34% of support.
This result matched Emmy voters in September, with Oliver and his team prevailing for the first time in the Best Variety Talk Series category. He defeated “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “Late Late Show with James Corden,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Longtime category champs Jon Stewart (“Daily Show with Jon Stewart”), Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report”), and David Letterman (“Late Show with David Letterman”) left the TV late night wars, so the category was guaranteed to be won by someone new.
Behind Oliver in our poll results were Trevor Noah (“Daily Show with Trevor Noah”) with 21%, and then a tie between Samantha Bee (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”) and Colbert (moving over to “Late Show” replacing Letterman) both with 13%. The others in our 10-person poll were James Corden, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Maher, Seth Meyers, and Conan O’Brien.
Make your early Golden Globes TV Awards picks now and tell industry insiders which shows and performers you have out front to win on January 8. You can keep changing them until just before nominations are announced on December 12 at 5 am PT/8 am ET. But it is important to register your initial predictions now both to lock in those all-important starter odds and let Hollywood know who has the inside track for these kudos. Be sure to make your predictions right here. You’ll compete for a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s nominees). Read our contest rules.