Winfrey helps Letterman score best numbers in a decade

Oprah Winfrey’s long-in-coming appearance Thursday night on “The Late Show With David Letterman” produced the CBS latenighter’s largest aud in more than a decade.

Nielsen prelims show Winfrey’s first latenight visit with Letterman in 16 years averaged 13.45 million viewers and a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49.

This makes it the most-watched “Late Show” since the night of the February 1994 Winter Olympics during which Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding competed in the women’s skating finals. And it’s the best demo rating since the night of Letterman’s return from heart surgery in February 2000.

The CBS show scored a rare victory over NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (2.2 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall).

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