'Nightline' beats 'Late Show'

Finishes second behind 'Tonight Show'

NEW YORK -- ABC's "Nightline" beat "Late Show With David Letterman" in viewers and the adults 25-54 demographic for possession of second place last week against NBC's "The Tonight Show."

"Nightline" averaged 3.6 million viewers and a 1.4 in the demo for the week ending May 19, Nielsen Media Research said. It was the best viewership for "Nightline" since December.

Meanwhile, "Late Show" averaged 3.4 million viewers and a 1.3 in the demo. NBC's "Tonight" was first in both categories with 5 million viewers and a 1.7.

In the morning, NBC's "Today" remains at the top in viewership and the adults 25-54 demographic -- and a nearly 1 million viewer gap season-to-date between "Today" and second-place "Good Morning America." But CBS' "Early Show," a perennial third-place finisher, is showing some signs of improvement.

"Early Show" is up 80,000 viewers compared with a year ago, and it's up 22% in the demo; "Today" is up in viewers and down in the demo while "GMA" is off in both measures.