With Tom Hanks as his guest and Eddie Vedder performing, David Letterman clocked his highest local rating in more than five years for CBS’s Late Show. In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, Letterman logged a household 4.1/11, thumping NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.2/6) and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.1/6). Letterman was up 37% from last week (3.0/8) in households, and 78% from a year ago (2.3/6). It was Dave’s best local market rating since February 9, 2010 (4.3/10).
In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, demo results were much closer, with Fallon leading at 1.0/5, followed by Letterman (0.8/4) and Kimmel (0.8/4).
After Letterman’s broadcast, CBS’s Late Late Show with James Corden (1.7/6) beat NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers (1.1/4), though, in the 25 LPM markets, Late Night (0.5/3) topped Late Late Show (0.4/3) in the demo. Corden climbed 21% compared to last week (1.4/5) and 55% from the show’s performance a year ago (1.1/4). It was, in fact, Corden’s best showing since his debut.