NEW YORK — It was 10 years ago on this date that David Letterman moved his show from NBC to CBS, but the latenighter will have to wait until a network primetime special in February to blow out his anniversary candles.
That’s because CBS wants to twin the “Late Show With David Letterman” special with an even bigger anniversary — Letterman’s 22 years in latenight television. The exact airdate has not yet been narrowed down.
Tonight’s “Late Show” will pay informal respects through a special anniversary edition of the “Know Your Current Events” segment and a special top 10 list entitled, “Good Things about Being on CBS for 10 Years.” Show guests are actress Bonnie Hunt and standup comic Don Gavin.
CBS premiered “Late Show” Aug. 30, 1993.
At the Peacock, Conan O’Brien replaced Letterman as host of NBC’s “Late Night.” O’Brien will celebrate his 10th anniversary during a primetime special set to air on Sept. 14.
Adding up his time both at NBC and CBS, Letterman has hosted a total of 3,846 latenight broadcasts. Of those, 2,036 have been on CBS (including four primetime specials).
While still touting a strong fan club, Letterman continues to lose the ratings game to NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
Last year, Letterman pondered leaving the Eye for ABC, where Alphabet execs considered yanking weeknight news program “Nightline” off the air and giving the spot to him.
Ultimately, Letterman decided to stay at CBS, signing a $31.5 million deal.