Thursday, August 6, 2009

Late Night Ratings: Dave beats Conan, "Nightline" in total viewers

"Late Show with David Letterman" scored more viewers than "The Tonight Show" for the fourth week in a row, the first time that's happened since 1995, according to CBS. An average of 3.38 million viewers tuned in to see Dave, up a hair from last week. Conan's viewership went up a little bit as well, from 2.5 million to 2.63 million. "Nightline" was just a little bit behind Dave, with 3.36 million people watching the newsmagazine.

Look for Conan to beat Dave decisively in next week's ratings, since all-new "Tonight Show"s will be going up against Letterman reruns.

Not surprisingly, NBC is declaring victory (though not describing Conan as "the new king of late night"), announcing that "Conan's average 1.374 million adults 18-49 topped the 1.022 million of Letterman."