Hillary Clinton boosts 'Nightline'

Exclusive interview tops Letterman and Leno Tuesday

NEW YORK -- Cynthia McFadden's exclusive interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton boosted "Nightline" to a win Tuesday night against both NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman."

"Nightline" averaged a 3.5 overnight household rating/8 share in the metered markets, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday afternoon. That beat both "Tonight" and "Late Show," which each averaged a 3.4/9.

In the interview from Nebraska where Clinton was stumping for Barack Obama, the former Democratic presidential candidate told McFadden that she needed to recharge after losing to Obama but she's fully committed to the campaign.

Clinton said that after "getting a little sleep, taking a few long walks, I was back in the fray and very happy to be doing everything I can for him."

While it's relatively common for "Nightline" to beat "The Late Show With David Letterman," winning against "The Tonight Show" is still pretty rare. One recent time happened on May 20, when "Nightline" had coverage of the Oregon primary as well as news of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's brain tumor.