‘Nightline’ ties Tonight’ as ‘Late Show’ fades

“Nightline” capitalized on repeats of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “Late Show With David Letterman” to move into a first-place tie with the NBC talkshow during the Aug. 21-25 Nielsen week.

“Tonight,” meanwhile, scored another outright win in households, total viewers and key-adult demographics over “Late Show,” which had its lowest-rated week ever.

The ABC newsmag and “Tonight” both posted a 5.2 rating, 14 share in the 11:35 p.m.-12:05 a.m. half-hour, while Leno’s show averaged a 4.7/14 overall to top Letterman (4.0/12).

That represented “Tonight’s” best rating for a repeat week since Leno took over, as the show also edged “Late Show” among adults 18-49 (a 2.5 rating to Letterman’s 2.4) and 25-54 (2.7 to 2.4).

Among morning shows, “Today’s” backup team posted a clear win over “Good Morning America.”

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