David Letterman is joining Johnny Carson for late night TV records.
April 4, 2012- CBS’s late night star David Letterman has agreed to stay on and host his program through the 2014 season. This will break the record held by Johnny Carson. Carson hosted the late night Tonight Show for 30 years.
Craig Ferguson was also re-signed by the network as part of the deal. Ferguson is host of the late night show, on the same network, that follows Letterman’s.
On April 12, Letterman will celebrate his 65th birthday and will become late night TV’s longest-serving host. Carson set the mark from 1962 to 1992 on NBC. The Late Show with David Letterman first aired in 1993. Previously he had hosted Late Night with David Letterman on NBC that began in 1982.
CBS’s president of Entertainment, Nina Tassler, said, “David is a legend on late night and has an iconic show, and Ferguson is evolving his genre in innovative and exciting ways.”
The Late Show currently is produced by Worldwide Pants, Inc a Letterman company. Today’s news completes the negotiation with both of CBS’s late night entertainment hosts. Back in January CBS and Letterman were nearing an agreement for an extension but nothing was completed until this week.
Letterman’s’ show averages 3.3 million nightly viewers about 500,000 less than The Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno.