‘David Letterman’ Tops A Close Latenight Race

“Late Show With David Letterman” won a highly competitive latenight race in Nielsen daytime and fringe ratings for the Feb. 6-10 week.

Hampered in part by lower lead-ins, Letterman delivered a 5.2 rating, 16 share for the week, just 0.4 rating points ahead of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (4.8/14). From 11:35 p.m. to 12:05 a.m., “Late Show” (5.7/15) held an even narrower lead over “Tonight” (5.6/15) and the half-hour “Nightline” (5.3/14).

NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” (1.9/9) also held steady, while CBS’ “Late Late Show With Tom Snyder” (1.7/8) improved by 0.1 rating point for the second consecutive week, returning to premiere-week levels and trailing the NBC show by a hair in key demos.

Early-morning ratings were generally up, with “Today” and “Good Morning America” deadlocked at a 4.6/19. “CBS This Morning” (3.2/13) matched its season high.

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