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Golf wrap-ups linked to top ‘Leno’ ratings

CBS delays for NCAA tournament coverage and the Masters golf tournament highlights helped “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” score its highest ratings in two months.

Despite the leg up, it didn’t help the rest of NBC’s latenight lineup during the April 4-8 Nielsen week.

“Tonight’s” 4.7 rating, 14 share was followed by a 1.9/9 for “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and worst-yet 0.9/6 for “Later With Greg Kinnear.”

Better ‘Late’

The average for “Late Show With David Letterman”– only for two nights, due to the sports delays — was a 5.8/18, and the late starts doubtless hurt NBC’s “Late Night.”

With Letterman airing later, “Tonight” edged “Nightline” (5.0/14) in their common half-hour.

In other daytime and fringe ratings, “Good Morning America” (4.0/19) passed “Today” (3.8/18) in the morning race, followed by “CBS This Morning” (2.9/14).

CBS extended its daytime streak to 266 weeks, averaging a 6.1/22 in households to ABC’s 4.7/17 and NBC’s 3.0/11. ABC did lead among women 18-49, 3.7 to 3.5, over the Eye network.

‘Home’ alone

The week marked the final airing of ABC’s long-running “Home” (1.8/8), replaced during the current week by the more variety-oriented “Mike & Maty.”

National figures for that show will be available next week.

The Saturday-morning race remained no contest, as Fox Children’s Network averaged a 7 rating among kids, compared to a 4.3 for ABC and CBS’ 4 rating during the same four hours.

Fox also led in households with a 3.4/13, while CBS and ABC had a 2.4/9 each.

CBS’ two-day Masters coverage averaged a 6.9/18, easily topping all other weekend sports programming. NBC scored a 4.9/12 with its top-rated NBA game, while ABC skidded to a 4.4/10 with a two-hour figure skating event.

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