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.