You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Obama visit boosts CBS’ ‘Late Show’

Tuesday hour posts best overnight rating since early 2010

President Obama’s visit to “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday propelled the CBS latenight show to its best overnight rating in more than 2 1/2 years.

According to Nielsen estimates for 56 of the country’s largest markets, Tuesday’s hour averaged a 4.0 household rating/10 share — up 60% from the program’s television year-to-date Tuesday average (2.5/6) and up 67% from the Monday-Friday average during the 2011-12 television year (2.4/6).

The show hasn’t recorded a higher overnight score since a February 2010 episode featuring Jennifer Garner and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker (4.3/10).

Obama’s visit drew especially well in Gotham on CBS-owned station WCBS, where “Late Show” drew 495,000 viewers and a 2.6 rating in adults 25-54, making it the most-watched “Letterman” telecast in New York since January 2008 and highest in the demo since October 2006.

In addition to New York, “Late Show” also led its time period in total viewers on CBS-owned stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

National viewership estimates won’t be available for a few days.

More TV

  • Harvey Weinstein

    TV Academy Votes to Begin Disciplinary Proceedings Against Harvey Weinstein

    President Obama’s visit to “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday propelled the CBS latenight show to its best overnight rating in more than 2 1/2 years. According to Nielsen estimates for 56 of the country’s largest markets, Tuesday’s hour averaged a 4.0 household rating/10 share — up 60% from the program’s television year-to-date […]

  • Tracy Morgan TCA

    Tracy Morgan's 'The Last O.G.' Loses Showrunner, Delayed Until 2018

    President Obama’s visit to “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday propelled the CBS latenight show to its best overnight rating in more than 2 1/2 years. According to Nielsen estimates for 56 of the country’s largest markets, Tuesday’s hour averaged a 4.0 household rating/10 share — up 60% from the program’s television year-to-date […]

  • Roy Price's Top Amazon Lieutenants Under

    Roy Price's Top Amazon Lieutenants Under Scrutiny (EXCLUSIVE)

    President Obama’s visit to “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday propelled the CBS latenight show to its best overnight rating in more than 2 1/2 years. According to Nielsen estimates for 56 of the country’s largest markets, Tuesday’s hour averaged a 4.0 household rating/10 share — up 60% from the program’s television year-to-date […]

  • Chelsea Handler Netflix trailer

    'Chelsea' Proves Netflix Can't Always Beat TV at Its Own Game (Opinion)

    President Obama’s visit to “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday propelled the CBS latenight show to its best overnight rating in more than 2 1/2 years. According to Nielsen estimates for 56 of the country’s largest markets, Tuesday’s hour averaged a 4.0 household rating/10 share — up 60% from the program’s television year-to-date […]

  • The Loudhouse Nickelodeon

    'Loud House' Showrunner Chris Savino Fired From Nickelodeon for Sexual Harassment Allegations

    President Obama’s visit to “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday propelled the CBS latenight show to its best overnight rating in more than 2 1/2 years. According to Nielsen estimates for 56 of the country’s largest markets, Tuesday’s hour averaged a 4.0 household rating/10 share — up 60% from the program’s television year-to-date […]

  • Jon Stewart Stand Up for Heroes

    TV News Roundup: HBO to Air Jon Stewart's 'Night of Too Many Stars'

    President Obama’s visit to “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday propelled the CBS latenight show to its best overnight rating in more than 2 1/2 years. According to Nielsen estimates for 56 of the country’s largest markets, Tuesday’s hour averaged a 4.0 household rating/10 share — up 60% from the program’s television year-to-date […]

  • Project 13

    CW Developing DC Comics Adaptation 'Project 13' With Elizabeth Banks Producing (EXCLUSIVE)

    President Obama’s visit to “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday propelled the CBS latenight show to its best overnight rating in more than 2 1/2 years. According to Nielsen estimates for 56 of the country’s largest markets, Tuesday’s hour averaged a 4.0 household rating/10 share — up 60% from the program’s television year-to-date […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content