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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.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  September 22, 2009; 6:07 PM ET
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Comments

"What goes around comes around" says Tracy Sipp Stylist of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Interestingly, the maxim is true in this case because here we have a riff with the President and some dissenters of his healthplan which I really wonder if the naysayers actually have a working knowledge of the plan or if they are intimidated or even confused by it and prefer to take a stance based on hysteria. Either way, the public will suffer from ignorance--choosing to ignore rather than being wholly informed!!!

Posted by: Washingtonposter2 | September 24, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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