Obama Draws Dave's Biggest Crowd Since Oprah
More than 7 million people watched president Obama visit David Letterman's CBS late night show on Monday.
Obama's appearance -- the first by a seated president to Letterman's show -- was no match for the 13 million who turned in to that episode in December of 2005 when Dave and Oprah kissed and made up, ending a years-long feud.
But it was Dave's biggest crowd since then.
Dave also appears to have thumped not only NBC's timeslot competitor, "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (2.4 million viewers) Monday night, but also NBC's Jay Leno-hosted primetime talk show (6 million viewers).
Jay, predictably, got hammered Monday night when he aired against season-debut competition on the other broadcast networks. His audience was 12 million shy of the previous Monday's crowd but the curiousity factor was very high that night -- it was the premiere of "The Jay Leno Show" -- and it aired against nothing much on the other broadcast networks.
We won't know for sure what was Letterman's Monday audience until Nielsen issues final late night stats for the night; that takes about a week.
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