Late Show With David Letterman: Renewed Through 2014!

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With the just-announced renewal of The Late Show through 2014, David Letterman is set to become the longest-running late-night host in TV history.

Letterman and Craig Ferguson both renewed contracts with CBS. Letterman’s Late Show and Ferguson’s Late Late Show will remain air through 2014.

Letterman has weathered a sex scandal, Sarah Palin, Rosie O'Donnell, and accusations of mailing it in to become a TV institution of incredible longevity.

Dave launched his career with NBC's Late Night in 1982. With this new deal, he’ll surpass Johnny Carson’s record of 30 years hosting a late night talk show.

Said CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler:

“David Letterman is a late night legend with an iconic show and Craig Ferguson continues to evolve the genre in exciting and innovative ways.” 

“These new agreements deliver ongoing high-quality entertainment for our audience and continued strength and stability for CBS in late night.”

Season to date, Letterman is averaging 3.3 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49, compared to rival Jay Leno’s 3.7 / 0.9 rating.

Dave never got Conan fired though. Just saying.


All Letterman's deal does is make him longest serving in terms of years. He never has, never will and never could approach Carson in talent. Even with his best Top 10 bits Letterman has never been funny and as an interviewer Letterman always looks like he is spaced out and not paying attention. Even when he switched to an hour format Carson always looked like he was paying attention to the guest, no matter how much of a space cadet that guest was. With Letterman it is always Letterman who seems like the space cadet.

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