via CBS press release (you can see the NBC spin on the matter here):
CBS's "with DAVID LETTERMAN" IN CLOSEST COMPETITIVE POSITION TO "THE " IN VIEWERS SINCE DECEMBER 2005
Tops "Tonight" on Three Nights Last Week
Bothand THE LATE Posts Audience Gains Compared to Same Week Last Year
CBS'sWITH DAVID LETTERMAN scored a late night victory in households and was in its closest competitive position to "The " (separated by only 100,000 viewers) since December 2005, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending June 12, 2009.
LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN delivered a 2.7/07 in households with an average of 3.67m viewers, up +4% in both households (from 2.6/07) and viewers (3.52m) compared to the same week last year. LATE SHOW beat "The" in households (2.7/07 vs. 2.6/06, +4%) and on three nights last week in viewers: Tuesday (3.64m vs. 3.47m), Thursday (3.99m vs. 3.57m) and Friday (3.75m vs. 3.69m). LATE SHOW was in its closest competitive position against an all-first run week of " " broadcasts since the week ending December 2, 2005 (the week Oprah Winfrey appeared on LATE SHOW).
Television year-to-date, LATE SHOW is up +3% in viewers (3.80m from 3.68m), even in households (2.7/07), adults 18-34 (0.7/03), adults 18-49 (1.1/04) and adults 25-54 (1.4/05) compared to last year.
THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON posted a 1.3/05 in households with 1.72m viewers in the week ending June 12, 2009, up +2% in viewers (from 1.69m) and even in households compared to the same week last year. THE LATE LATE SHOW was even in adults 25-54 (0.7/04), adults 18-49 (0.5/03) and adults 18-34 (0.4/02) compared to the same week last year.
Television year-to-date, LATE LATE SHOW is up +8% in households (1.4/05 from 1.3/05), +9% in viewers (1.88m from 1.72m) and even in adults 25-54 (0.7/04), adults 18-49 (0.6/03) and adults 18-34 (0.4/02) compared to the 2007-08 television year.