CBS Late Night Posts Year-to-Year Increases in Viewers
CBS's Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson posted year-to-year gains in viewers for the second consecutive week, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Oct. 4.
LATE SHOW averaged 3.06m viewers, up +7% compared to a year ago (2.87m).
THE LATE LATE SHOW averaged1.47m viewers, up +3% from a year ago (1.43m).
LATE SHOW debuted on August 30, 1993 and is produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated and CBS Television Studios. The show's music director and band-leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, is Paul Shaffer. The head writer is Matt Roberts and the announcer is Alan Kalter.
In 2002, Late Show with David Letterman was ranked No. 7 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. CBS has a contract with Worldwide Pants to continue the show through 2016; by then, Letterman will surpass Johnny Carson as the longest tenured late-night talk show host.