NBC loves the late-night life


NBC still rules the roost in late-night.

"The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" lodged its 12th consecutive broadcast year in the lead, with "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" winning a baker's dozen of 13 straight years on top in its time period, according to Nielsen Media Research data for the TV season ending last week.

"Leno" (5.5 million viewers, 1.7 rating/7 share in adults 18-49) came out ahead of CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" (4 million, 1.3/6) and ABC's "Nightline" (3.4 million/1.1/4) for the full year. Both "Leno" and "Letterman" were down year-to-year, while "Nightline" remained even compared with last year. "Leno" declined compared with last year's 5.7 million viewers and a 1.9/5, while "Letterman" dropped from 4.1 million viewers and a 1.4/6 last year.