Appearance by President Barack Obama Gives 'The Late Show' its Best Overnight Rating Since February 2010

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September 19th, 2012

via press release:



The "Late Show" on WCBS-TV, New York Delivers its Largest Audience Since 2008 and Highest Adults 25-54 Rating Since 2006


The "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" Also Posts Best Overnight Rating Since 2010


The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, with guest President Barack Obama, and THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON both delivered their best ratings in the Nielsen's 56 overnight markets since February 2010.


Last night, the LATE SHOW averaged a 4.0/10, the show's best delivery since a 4.3/10 on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, with guests Jennifer Garner, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker and Sade.


Yesterday's 4.0/10 was up +60% from the program's television year-to-date Tuesday average (2.5/6) and up +67% from the Monday-Friday average (2.4/6) during the 2011-2012 television year.


In New York, on CBS Owned Station WCBS-TV, the LATE SHOW delivered 495,000 viewers and a 2.6 rating in adults 25-54, making it the most-watched episode of THE LATE SHOW in New York since Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008 and highest-rated episode in adults 25-54 since Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006.


In addition to New York, the LATE SHOW also ranked first in its time period in viewers on CBS Owned Stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.


The LATE LATE SHOW, with guests John Goodman, Arjay Smith and Melissa Etheridge, earned a 1.9/ 7, the highest-rated telecast of the LATE LATE SHOW since a 2.0/7 on Tuesday, Feb.9, 2010 with guests Carrie Fisher and Donald Glover.


Yesterday's 1.9/7 was up +58% from both the program's television year-to-date Tuesday average (1.2/4) and the Monday-Friday average in the 2011-2012 television year (1.2/4).


  • Joe


  • Hillbilly

    I agree Joe. Go Obama, go back to Chicago. :)

  • coonio

    thx obama

  • Joe


    haha what r u mormon or what? hah

  • Raz

    How lovely, can’t see a world leader but can’t wait to get on Letterman. What a hoser.

  • Aggiebaby

    @Raz, I thought Netayahu said that he wasn’t snubbed, he and the presidents schedule just didn’t work. Netanyahu needs to step up and take more action on his own, stop waiting on the US to react first. We’ve already told Iran what they will not do. I’m not a Obama or Romney supporter at all! I just can’t believe Netanyahu’s request for the US to do more all the while he sits and doesn’t even propse any ways that he would be prepared to take action.

  • Kathy

    Another stop on Barry’s “I’m a Rock Star Tour!”

  • AppleStinx

    It was like a regular campaign speech, only with commercial breaks, in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere with lots of LOLs, ROTFLMAOs and knee-slapping. No knuckle- or chest-bumping that I noticed. No bear hugs. Applauses galore.

  • Matt

    To those bashing on Obama for appearing on Letterman; I have one simple question… Don’t you remember George W. Bush going on Deal or No Deal? I think a Letterman appearance is a bit more substantive than that.

  • RJ


    A one minute thanks to a veteran is different.

  • Tony

    ” To those bashing on Obama for appearing on Letterman; I have one simple question… Don’t you remember George W. Bush going on Deal or No Deal? ”

    Somehow they don’t remember that. They also don’t remember this:

  • Dan

    Let’s also remember that Mr. Romney was on Live With Kelly this week answering important questions like “what do you wear to sleep?”. I won’t give away his answer.

  • Adam

    Sounds like Kelly’s questions were as stupid as Leno’s 10 at 10 nightly extravaganza…

  • Ralph Hahn

    I heard Letterman’s make-up person needed an extra commercial break to get Dave’s nose from brown to white again.

    In the top picture above, it looks TV Boy is about to dive into Obama’s lap as well.

    I was going to watch this last night but decided, who needs this aggravation? when I know Dave’s just going to go for the laugh instead of asking him what he’s doing on a comedy-based talk show instead of answering reporters’ questions about real news events. In spite of the fact that the lamestream, mainstream reporters are all on his side, anyway?

    Time for BOTH of these guys to disappear from our TV screens.

  • paul

    The mitt romney fans r upset that mitt’s rating would not have been half as high that is why the republicans r trying to steal another election

  • Monikka

    Ralph Hahn,

    It’s too bad you didn’t watch. It was refreshing to see a leader embracing all his nation’s citizens and replying to intelligent questions with thoughtful answers.

    I’m sure YouTube can help you find the interview.

  • Katie

    There is nothing wrong with Obama going on talk shows. I don’t know what people are complaing about, he doesn’t just talk about politics….he also talks about normal everyday things, his family, he jokes around a lot and is just a nice guy. FYE people complaiming, Mitt Romney was on Live with Kelly the other day as well but he was incredibly boring and seems real uptight and I almost fell asleep.

  • C Whitty

    Whether it be Romney or Obama going on these talk shows I just find it a bit fluffy.

    How about you guys sort the economy then spend some time on talk shows.

  • SG

    Let’s hope Mitt keeps talking because what he is saying is turning off people in droves.

  • clinging to my guns and god

    Four dead in Libya..Middle East burning but the clown- in -chief is yucking it up with his favorite ass kisser…what number on the Top Ten did the ambassador’s death end up on…I want a good laugh too..

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