‘Nightline’ Catches Letterman At Ebb Tide

ABC’s “Nightline” tied “Late Show With David Letterman” in their common half-hour while “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” was a half-rating point behind the CBS latenighter, according to Nielsen daytime and fringe ratings for the March 6-10 week.

Both “Nightline” and Letterman averaged a 5.3 rating, 15 share in households from 11:35 p.m.-12: 05 a.m. Full-hour, “Late Show” (4.9/15) topped “Tonight” (4.4/13) despite lowest-yet ratings in households and key demos for a week of original telecasts.

Letterman’s lead remained stronger in key demographics, with a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 25-54, compared to a 2.2 and 2.4, respectively, for Leno and a 2.4 and 2.8 for “Nightline.”

In other dayparts, “Today” and “Good Morning America” deadlocked in the morning race and ABC capitalized on CBS sports preemptions to earn a solid second in Saturday morning.

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