The late-night race is tightening, as just 36,000 Total Viewers separated the three programs last week. NBC’s Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien finished first in all categories, followed by CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman and ABC’s Nightline. Nightline finished 2nd in the A18-49 demo, but a close third in the A25-54 demo and Total Viewers.
Letterman was in the headlines all week following his jokes about, and response to, the Palin family.
Compared to the first week of May, when Jay Leno was still hosting, the Total Viewer difference was more than 1.2 million between the three programs. Although the demo numbers have remained similar, the Tonight Show has seen a major drop in Total Viewers. Week-to-week, Nightline is up the most in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo categories.
For the week of June 8, 2009:
- Casting Call: Who Should Play George Stephanopoulos in 'Top of the Morning' Movie?
- HLN's Ryan Smith Joins ABC News as Correspondent, Legal Analyst
- Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott Meet the Pope
- Brian Stelter's 'Top of the Morning' Being Developed as a Lifetime Movie