Nightline Racks Up Ratings

Current events boost ratings into Leno's neighborhood
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 9, 2008 7:30 PM CDT
Charles Gibson's Sarah Palin interviews aired on Nightline. The political season has given the show a boost in ratings.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Financial and political uncertainty means big ratings for Nightline, which is enjoying its highest numbers since being reformatted in 2005, Media Life magazine reports. Despite being under virtually constant threat of cancellation, Nightline regularly outdraws Late Night With David Letterman and is closer to Jay Leno's Tonight Show than at any other time since 2000. Nightline averages 4.06 million viewers, up 9% from last year but behind Leno's 4.72 million.