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October 17, 2008

McCain gives Letterman his biggest audience in years

John McCain's peace summit visit to CBS' "Late Show" gave David Letterman his highest viewership in nearly three years.

The Thursday night telecast was seen by 6.5 million viewers, and received a 1.7 rating in the adult demo. That's the largest audience for the show since December, 2005, when Oprah Winfrey appeared. "Late Show" also topped Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" (4.6 million viewers) by 43%, and Leno had Joe Biden as a guest.

"Can I give you an answer?" says McCain when ribbed about his previous appearance cancellation. "I screwed up."

Last night marked McCain's 14th appearance on the show. The host and candidate talked foreign affairs, William Ayers, Tina Fey and Sarah Palin. The McCain camp has also confirmed that Palin is going to appear on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this week.

Also: Some exchanges from McCain's appearance. Letterman's Top 10 messages left on Joe the Plumber's answering machine. Boston Globe: Letterman was tougher on McCain than many journalists. "Pressed his guest repeatedly."

Related: Last night's primetime ratings and SNL's third presdiential debate parody.


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