‘Nightline’ wins 1st vs. Dave

ABC’s “Nightline” handed “Late Show With David Letterman” its first weeklong second-place finish since the latter premiered, while ratings for all three morning shows surged over the previous week, according to Nielsen daytime and fringe ratings for Nov. 1-5.

“Late Show,” which has topped “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” in all 10 weeks since making its debut, still led among key demographics but trailed “Nightline” from 11:30-midnight in households, with ABC scoring a 6.2 rating, 18 share for its four-night average compared to CBS’ 5.7/17 and “Tonight’s” 4.9/14.

Letterman averaged a 5.0/16 overall to start off November, followed by Leno’s 4.2/13, prompting NBC to say that “Tonight” is narrowing the latenight margin.

“Late Night With Conan O’Brien” (1.8/9) was up slightly compared to recent weeks.

Despite ABC’s first full week of the Luke & Laura re-teaming on “General Hospital,” CBS won the daytime race for the 244th consecutive week, posting a 6. 1/23 to top ABC (4.7/17) and NBC (3.1/12). ABC was the leader among women 18-49.

In fact, “GH” (6.4/22) was actually down 3% in rating and one share from the prior week, when the initial Luke & Laura episode boosted the soap to its highest single-episode rating in more than 2 1/2 years. CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” (8.4/31) remained the top-rated show, but trailed “All My Children” and “General Hospital” among women 18-49.

“Good Morning America” claimed another morning win with a 4.7/19, followed by “Today” (4.4/18) and “CBS This Morning” (2.8/13).

“GMA” has now been first 10 straight weeks in households and 48 of the last 52 frames; however, “Today” continues to outperform the ABC show among adults 18 -49, where averages were NBC, 1.9; ABC, 1.8; CBS, 1.0. Fox Children’s Network notched another easy Saturday-morning win, averaging a 6.7 rating among children age 2-11, compared to CBS’ 4.9 and ABC’s 4.5 from 8 a.m. to noon.

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