Letterman Bounces Back; Conan Posts ‘Tonight’ Low

By Andrew Gauthier 

New York Times

If not all the way, he certainly seems to be getting there. Mr. Letterman, CBSs late-night star, scored an impressive win last week as his audience topped that of NBCs “Tonight Show” and its new host, Conan OBrien, during that shows least-viewed week since total viewers have been measured.

And Mr. Letterman trumped his win with a show that became a television event Wednesday night as Paul McCartney returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater 45 years after the Beatles American TV debut and performed a concert on the marquee in front of a crowd of about 4,000.


On Wednesday, Mr. Letterman had 4.4 million viewers, to 2.5 million for Mr. OBrien. ABCs late-night entry, “Nightline,” also experiencing a resurgence, drew four million. More…