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Oprah Delivers Big Ratings for Letterman

(Posted December 6, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

The queen of daytime television helped make David Letterman the king of late-night on Thursday.

Oprah Winfrey's appearance on Letterman's "Late Show" Thursday night (Dec. 1) brought the CBS program its biggest audience in more than 10 years. About 13.4 million people, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings, tuned in to see the rapprochement, which coincided with the opening of the Winfrey-produced "Color Purple" musical on Broadway.

Winfrey last appeared with Letterman in 1989, when he was still at NBC. Pretty much ever since then, Letterman has mined their supposed "feud" for reliable comedy. That was put to rest -- the alleged bad blood, if not necessarily the comedy bits -- Thursday when they took up nearly half the show with a mutually cordial interview ("Thank you for being so nice," Winfrey said at the end of her time).

Letterman also reigned over NBC's "Tonight Show" for the evening, more than doubling the audience for Jay Leno's show. "The Tonight Show," still holds a comfortable lead for the season, averaging 5.8 million viewers to "The Late Show's" 4.3 million.

Source: Zap2it

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