Ratings For Late-night Variety Shows Fall; News Shows Rise
Over the past year, ratings for NBC's Tonight show with Jay Leno have fallen 6 percent, from 6.2 million in 2005 to 5.8 million in 2006. David Letterman on CBS has also seen his ratings fall 6 percent -- from 4.7 million to 4.4 million. On the other hand, ABC's Nightline has seen a 4 percent boost in its ratings, to 3.75 million, and on Comedy Central, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have boosted their ratings by double-digit percentages. The figures, based on surveys by Nielsen Research and Media Life magazine, were reported in today's (Monday) New York Post, which concluded, "The traditional late-night talk shows -- Letterman and Leno -- continue to have audiences that dwarf the Nightline and the fake [news] shows. But media people tend to put a lot of stock in trends. And the trend is unmistakable."