We can beat them, for ever and ever...
US television viewing figures for Monday night's Late Show With David Letterman on which David performed New Killer Star, make for interesting reading.
Apparently, Late Show With David Letterman beat The Tonight Show on Premiere Monday for the first time since 1993. Monday night's show was the second highest season premiere for the Late Show. Here's the official figures:
In Late Night, with appearances by Dr. Phil, David Bowie and the newly-crowned Miss America, LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN beat "The Tonight Show" in the metered markets 5.1/12 vs. 5.0/12. This marks the first time LATE SHOW has beaten "The Tonight Show" on premiere Monday since 1993.
FYI, the 5.1 number means 5.1. million homes and the 12 after it means 12% of the tv sets in the country were on.
The Late Show also finished only -0.3 rating points behind Conan O'Brien. This was the smallest rating margin between the Late Late Show and Conan O'Brien on season premiere Monday since the Late Show began against Conan O'Brien in 1999.
For those of you that managed to catch the broadcast, or the UK repeats this morning, I think it's plain to see who people tuned in for. And, imho, it wasn't for Dr. Phil or Miss America! };-)