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Leno Returns Strong Against Letterman, ‘Nightline’

leno_3-11.jpgThe Olympics are over. Jay Leno is back. David Letterman‘s live again. The late-night race is on.

In the first week of his return to 11:35, Leno handily topped the late-night competition, drawing almost two million more Total Viewers than CBS’ “Late Show.”

ABC’s “Nightline,” which grew its audience week-to-week, was narrowly third behind Letterman in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. “Nightline” was second in A18-49.

The numbers for the week of Mar. 1:

Show Network A25-54 A18-49 Total Viewers
Tonight Show NBC 2.31M 1.95M 5.58M
Late Show CBS 1.68M 1.30M 3.66M
Nightline ABC 1.61M 1.33M 3.61M
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