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    Letterman finale scores highest 'Late Show' ratings since 1994 - LA Times

    Saw the show last night. Always liked Letterman better than Leno.

    David Letterman's final appearance as host of "The Late Show" averaged 13.76 million viewers, the CBS program's best ratings performance since February 1994.

    That's more than four times the 2.8 million viewers "The Late Show" has averaged for the 2014-15 season. The Wednesday telecast was the fourth most-watched "Late Show" episode since the show premiered in 1993.

    Letterman's finale on Wednesday averaged a 3.1 rating among 18 to 49 year olds, the group most coveted by advertisers. That number is the highest since Dec. 1, 2005, when Letterman had Oprah Winfrey as a guest. A total of 13.5 million watched that episode.

    Only three "Late Show" telecasts have had larger audiences than the Letterman farewell. The largest was on February 25, 1994 following CBS coverage of the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.

    Letterman's debut on CBS on August 30, 1993, was the second most watched episode, with 15.1 million viewers.

    Another post-Olympics episode on February 23, 1994 ranks third with 14.2 million viewers.

    In Los Angeles, Letterman's "Late Show" farewell averaged a 6.4 rating and a 22 share. In New York, where "The Late Show" is taped, the program scored an 11.8 rating and a 29 share.

    In Letterman's home town of Indianapolis, "Late Show" delivered a 12.2 rating and a 32 share. The rating was a 12.2 in Chicago as well, with a 27 share of the audience.

    The highest rated market was Dayton, Ohio, where "The Late Show" scored an 18.4 rating and a 42 share.

  • #2
    Ditto on the "Better than Leno" comment. I'm glad he left when he is still doing well - both physically and before he stayed "too long".

    Jimmy is much better than Leno.
    Favorite baseball players include: Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Kirby Puckett, Pete Rose, Tyler Colvin Mark Appel
    Favorite football players include: Peyton Manning, John Elway, Daunte Culpepper, Mike Alstott, Blake Bortles, and Dri Archer
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    • #3
      Leno was awful and annoying.....Dave is a legend after Carson......Jimmy (Fallon) will follow suit the way he is going.
      Currently looking for:
      Football: The Gronk!
      Basketball: Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, & Michael Jordan, 90's refractors or #rd stuff, Damon Stoudamire, Penny, etc.
      Baseball: Paul Goldschmidt & Mike Trout
      + HOFer slab bed or raw.

      Collecting University of Arizona current and Alum players!!!
      Go Cats!!!

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