“Late Show With David Letterman” posted another easy win for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in closing out a November sweeps victory for CBS in latenight, but “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” continues to look strong, putting up numbers comparable to year-ago levels.
Those results dumped “Nightline,” with a 5.3 rating, 15 share, into a rare third-place finish in its half-hour. Overall averages for Letterman and Leno were a 5.6/17 and 4.7/14, respectively. Fox Broadcasting Co.’s latenight fare averaged a meek 2.5/6.
Still, despite the new competition, “Nightline” was up 4% in rating sweep-to-sweep. The web’s average excludes Mondays because of football overruns.
CBS also noted that “Late Show” is leading in overnights for the current week despite its first week of re-broadcasts since premiering Aug. 30.
In other daytime and fringe ratings for the Nov. 29 week, “Good Morning America” edged a hot-on-its-heels “Today” show, CBS pushed its daytime streak to 248 weeks and the Fox Children’s Network delivered another huge rating among kids in Saturday morning.
“GMA” delivered a 4.6/20 and has now ranked first in the daypart 14 consecutive weeks. “Today” (4.4/19) did lead among key-adult demographics, while perennial doormat “CBS This Morning” (3.3/14) had its best week since March.
NBC said “Today” also posted its first November sweeps win among adults 18-49 since 1987. ABC was first in households, averaging a 4.7/20 to NBC’s 4.3/18 and CBS’ 3.1/13.
CBS notched an easy daytime win with a 6.1/23, followed by ABC (4.8/18) and NBC (3.1/12). Among women 18-49, standings were ABC (4.1), CBS (3.5) and NBC (2. 1).
Sweeps averages essentially mirrored those numbers, while ABC’s “General Hospital” posted double-digit percentage gains in both households and key demos with its revival Luke-and-Laura storyline. “GH” and “One Life to Live” each had their best November since 1990 and ’89, respectively.
Fox ruled the kidvid roost last Saturday with a 3.5/13 in households and 7.1 rating among kids 2-11, led by a whopping 39 share in that demo for its “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”