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June 8, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The top competitive lifeguard in the United States has been suspended from duty and 10 of his compatriots have been officially reprimanded for appearing on the David Letterman show. Their crime: Delivering a top 10 list of lifeguard pickup lines such as, "Coast Guard regulations--Miss, I have to inspect you for sand mites."
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October 9, 2009
'Runway' video game: Atari has licensed rights to develop a video game based on "Project Runway" in which it says players will be able to design clothes, outfit models and then walk the runway. It's due out next spring. -- Late-night update: David Letterman's "Late Show" had an average audience of 4.4 million viewers last week, compared with 2.7 million for Conan O'Brien's "Tonight Show." But the latter won a narrow victory among viewers ages 18 to 49, the preferred demographic for many advertisers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 1995 | N.F. MENDOZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Wendell's longstanding association with David Letterman ends today and his departure appears to be more bitter than sweet. From Letterman's ill-fated daytime "The David Letterman Show" to his long "Late Night" stint at NBC to his current "Late Show" at CBS, Wendell has introduced "Daaaa-vid Letterman" for 15 years. Today, that era ends, as the voice behind the show retires.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2007 | Matea Gold
In the final count, the first week of the writers strike helped ABC's "Nightline" gain viewers but not enough to pull past its late-night competition. The live newsmagazine averaged 3.8 million viewers last week, a large boost over the average 3.5 million the program drew this season before the strike began, according to Nielsen Media Research. But even in repeats, NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" had more eyeballs -- 3.87 million viewers and 3.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1999 | PAUL FARHI, THE WASHINGTON POST
Is he too cranky? Too ironic? Too . . . Dave? David Letterman is slipping, sliding, flailing. It's no longer Jay vs. Dave in the late-night TV battle. Leno's "Tonight Show" has beaten Letterman's "Late Show" in the Nielsen ratings in 200 of the past 205 weeks, or for almost four consecutive years. Nowadays, Letterman finishes well behind Ted Koppel's "Nightline" at 11:35. He's even wheezing to stay ahead of Conan O'Brien's talk show, which starts at the red-eye hour of 12:35 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2005 | Scott Collins
Apparently, TV viewers aren't so interested in the life of the late Pope John Paul II. But Oprah's feud with Dave? Sign 'em up. ABC found no salvation Thursday with "Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II," a two-hour biopic that bombed, attracting an average of only 6.7 million viewers, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. The movie was trounced by the usual lineups from CBS and NBC, including a repeat of CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (23 million).
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2004
Hilton stop: Paris Hilton will make her first appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Monday on CBS. Hilton was scheduled in November but canceled because of the circulation of explicit films.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1995 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time David Letterman brought his CBS "Late Show" to Los Angeles, in May, 1994, he had toppled NBC's "Tonight Show" and was being praised by critics and fans alike as the new King of Late Night. When he begins a week of shows in Los Angeles Monday, however, it will be as a deposed monarch. His ratings have plummeted nearly 25% this year and Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" has beaten him for 12 of the past 15 weeks.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1995 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Letterman sounded a little wistful as he talked about the difference between his early days in television and his role today, as a talk-show star with employees, a production company and a hugely successful program that is taking a hit in the ratings. "Doing the show every night is still the most fun of all of this," Letterman said in an interview before leaving for a May sweeps week of "Late Show" broadcasts from London.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1995 | DANIEL HOWARD CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last Wednesday night, Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" camp was buzzing in anticipation of its first full-week, head-to-head ratings triumph over David Letterman's "Late Show." The week before, "The Tonight Show" on NBC had beaten "Late Show" on CBS four out of five nights in "overnight" ratings, which measure the top markets representing more than half the country.
NATIONAL
March 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
David Letterman showed up for work, but he went home sick before taping the "Late Show." A stomach bug was to blame, a network spokeswoman said. Adam Sandler, one of Tuesday night's guests, was quickly enlisted to fill in as host.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2005 | Scott Collins
Apparently, TV viewers aren't so interested in the life of the late Pope John Paul II. But Oprah's feud with Dave? Sign 'em up. ABC found no salvation Thursday with "Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II," a two-hour biopic that bombed, attracting an average of only 6.7 million viewers, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. The movie was trounced by the usual lineups from CBS and NBC, including a repeat of CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (23 million).
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2004
Hilton stop: Paris Hilton will make her first appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Monday on CBS. Hilton was scheduled in November but canceled because of the circulation of explicit films.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1999 | PAUL FARHI, THE WASHINGTON POST
Is he too cranky? Too ironic? Too . . . Dave? David Letterman is slipping, sliding, flailing. It's no longer Jay vs. Dave in the late-night TV battle. Leno's "Tonight Show" has beaten Letterman's "Late Show" in the Nielsen ratings in 200 of the past 205 weeks, or for almost four consecutive years. Nowadays, Letterman finishes well behind Ted Koppel's "Nightline" at 11:35. He's even wheezing to stay ahead of Conan O'Brien's talk show, which starts at the red-eye hour of 12:35 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 1998 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even a lackluster Olympics helped put David Letterman's show back on the victory platform. The Olympic flame, however, didn't leave any late-night afterglow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The top competitive lifeguard in the United States has been suspended from duty and 10 of his compatriots have been officially reprimanded for appearing on the David Letterman show. Their crime: Delivering a top 10 list of lifeguard pickup lines such as, "Coast Guard regulations--Miss, I have to inspect you for sand mites."
SPORTS
May 11, 1994 | MIKE DOWNEY
David Letterman once invested money in the Seattle Mariners, thereby proving himself to be a very funny guy. Buying a piece of Seattle's baseball team is like buying a painting of a clown on black velvet. Nobody could profit from owning the Mariners, with the possible exception of Hillary Rodham Clinton. And even she would rather own cattle futures than Seattle futures. Cattle could outplay Seattle. But Dave's a big fan. Athletes are always popping up on his show.
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