You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Letterman exit a smash; Hanks, Springsteen help

David Letterman got a going-away present his last night on NBC: Big ratings.

Friday’s “Late Night,” with guest Tom Hanks and a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, won roughly double Letterman’s usual audience, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures released Monday.

In 29 metered markets representing 50.7% of all TV homes, Letterman racked up a hefty 7.4 rating and 27 share of audience, Nielsen said.

By contrast, the Friday before, Letterman drew a 3.6 rating and 18 share.

If these results hold nationally, Letterman more than doubled his usual viewership of about 3 million households. National figures will be released Thursday.

While Letterman readies his new CBS weeknight show for an Aug. 30 premiere, “Late Night” reruns will be shown on NBC through the summer.

More TV

  • Tracy Morgan TCA

    Tracy Morgan's 'The Last O.G.' Loses Showrunner, Delayed Until 2018

    David Letterman got a going-away present his last night on NBC: Big ratings. Friday’s “Late Night,” with guest Tom Hanks and a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, won roughly double Letterman’s usual audience, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures released Monday. In 29 metered markets representing 50.7% of all TV homes, Letterman racked up […]

  • Roy Price's Top Amazon Lieutenants Under

    Roy Price's Top Amazon Lieutenants Under Scrutiny (EXCLUSIVE)

    David Letterman got a going-away present his last night on NBC: Big ratings. Friday’s “Late Night,” with guest Tom Hanks and a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, won roughly double Letterman’s usual audience, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures released Monday. In 29 metered markets representing 50.7% of all TV homes, Letterman racked up […]

  • Chelsea Handler Netflix trailer

    'Chelsea' Proves Netflix Can't Always Beat TV at Its Own Game (Opinion)

    David Letterman got a going-away present his last night on NBC: Big ratings. Friday’s “Late Night,” with guest Tom Hanks and a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, won roughly double Letterman’s usual audience, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures released Monday. In 29 metered markets representing 50.7% of all TV homes, Letterman racked up […]

  • The Loudhouse Nickelodeon

    'Loud House' Showrunner Chris Savino Fired From Nickelodeon for Sexual Harassment Allegations

    David Letterman got a going-away present his last night on NBC: Big ratings. Friday’s “Late Night,” with guest Tom Hanks and a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, won roughly double Letterman’s usual audience, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures released Monday. In 29 metered markets representing 50.7% of all TV homes, Letterman racked up […]

  • Jon Stewart Stand Up for Heroes

    TV News Roundup: HBO to Air Jon Stewart's 'Night of Too Many Stars'

    David Letterman got a going-away present his last night on NBC: Big ratings. Friday’s “Late Night,” with guest Tom Hanks and a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, won roughly double Letterman’s usual audience, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures released Monday. In 29 metered markets representing 50.7% of all TV homes, Letterman racked up […]

  • Project 13

    CW Developing DC Comics Adaptation 'Project 13' With Elizabeth Banks Producing (EXCLUSIVE)

    David Letterman got a going-away present his last night on NBC: Big ratings. Friday’s “Late Night,” with guest Tom Hanks and a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, won roughly double Letterman’s usual audience, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures released Monday. In 29 metered markets representing 50.7% of all TV homes, Letterman racked up […]

  • Sophia Bush Inks Development Deal With

    Sophia Bush Inks Development, Talent Holding Deal With 20th Century Fox Television

    David Letterman got a going-away present his last night on NBC: Big ratings. Friday’s “Late Night,” with guest Tom Hanks and a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, won roughly double Letterman’s usual audience, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research figures released Monday. In 29 metered markets representing 50.7% of all TV homes, Letterman racked up […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content