Va. Tech Shootings: Nightline Topping Letterman, Almost Tying Leno

By Brian 

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In the wake of the Va. Tech shootings, Nightline has averaged a 4.1/10 household overnight rating and share two nights in a row, easily outperforming Letterman and almost tying The Tonight Show. (On Monday, ABC and NBC tied; on Tuesday, NBC was 1/10th of a point ahead.) On Tuesday, Nightline ranked #1 in nine of the top 10 markets.

> Related: “The show has retained its journalistic cred under the new regime,” Charlie McCollum blogs, and “that’s particularly true on days with major breaking news as witness Nightline’s performance Monday on the tragedy at Virginia Tech…”