'Nightline' on top

ABC's "Nightline" beat "Late Show With David Letterman" in viewers and the adults 25-54 demographic last week for possession of second place against NBC's "The Tonight Show." "Nightline" averaged 3.6 million viewers and a 1.4 preliminary rating 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," which was in reruns, 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.

BRAVO makes it 'WORK'

Bravo said that 755,000 adults 18-49 and 927,000 total viewers tuned in Tuesday night to "Work Out," making the episode the most-watched ever in the 18-49 demo and the third-highest figure ever in total viewers.

The spell of success

A 13-year-old boy has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word "guerdon." Broadcast Saturday on ABC, Sameer Mishra of West Lafayette, Ind., bested 287 other entrants to take first prize. He will receive $35,000 in cash plus more than $5,000 in other prizes. This year's was the 81st edition of the bee, held in the Washington.