Ferguson bests O'Brien -- or does he?


NEW YORK -- CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" won a week against NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" for the first time ever, but there's a catch.

"Late Late Show" averaged 1.85 million viewers for the week ending Feb. 8, compared with 1.8 million viewers for "Late Night," according to Nielsen Media Research.

But the ratings win comes with a Super Tuesday asterisk. NBC pointed out that it only happened because CBS was able to drop Tuesday's ratings from the week's average. CBS said Tuesday's "Late Late Show" aired with "an amended title" because of its Super Tuesday coverage. NBC said that for 18 of the past 20 weeks, Tuesday's episode of "Late Late Show" was its lowest-rated of the week.

In adults 25-54, both shows were even (0.7/4).