President Obama’s newsmaking last visit to David Letterman on CBS’ Late Show scored the late night franchises highest local rating since September of 2012 — when Obama also visited Dave. That ’12 broadcast also featured Obama as guest. When the dust settled, that ’12 Obama visit to Dave translated to 5.14 million viewers.
CBS’s numbers bolstered by the president’s so-long to Dave, the network’s new Late Late Show host James Corden enjoyed his highest local rating to date.
From 11:30PM-12:30AM, Late Show with David Letterman (3.5/9) jumped double digits compared to a week ago (2.4/6) and a year ago (2.0/5), as Dave’s so-long tour shifted into high gear with a visit from Obama.
From 12:30-1:30AM, Late Late Show with James Corden (1.5/5) climbed compared to week ago (1.2/4). Corden’s premiere as show host, on Monday, March 23 of this year, logged a 1.4/5.
Making his final visit as president to Late Show, Obama talked about the unrest in Baltimore for the first time since six police officers were charged in the death of Freddy Grey while in custody.
“It is important that now that charges have been brought in Baltimore that we let the process play itself out,” Obama told Letterman. “Those officers have been charged and they deserve to be represented and to let the legal system work its way through. We don’t have all the facts yet and that’s going to be presented in a court of law.”
Then, the two men talked about playing dominos in retirement.