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‘Letterman’ Has Record Audience for Winfrey Visit

Dec 2, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Oprah Winfrey’s Dec. 1 appearance on CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman” attracted 13.45 million viewers, the largest audience for “Late Show” in more than 10 years and its fourth-largest audience of all time. The show also delivered a 4.4 rating with adults 18 to 49, the show’s highest number in that demographic since Feb. 21, 2000, when Mr. Letterman returned after having heart surgery.

CBS’s late-night lineup performed comfortably ahead of the competition, with “Late Show” drawing 117 percent more viewers than NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” which pulled in 6.21 million people and a 2.2 rating in the 18 to 49 demo. “Late Show’s” strong performance also led to a winning night for “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” which enjoyed a 3.3 household rating-its highest ever- and its second ratings win over NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.”