Is there anything that President Barack Obama cannot do? Besides lower the debt ceiling, of course.
The president appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman last night and that visit paid off in the ratings. Letterman's show drew its highest rating since February of 2010. The show earned a 4.0 household rating and 10 percent share, which beats the weekly average for the last season by 67 percent and the year-to-year Tuesday average by 60 percent. I guess America smells what Barack is cooking.
During the appearance, the commander-in-chief and comedian joked about Clint Eastwood's Republican National Convention speech where he "interviewed" the empty chair of President Obama. The president also addressed Mitt Romney's disastrous "47 percent" comments, reiterating that as president you lead the entire country, not just 53 percent of it.
In the native New York market, the show did very well. WCBS-TV delivered 495,000 viewers and a 2.6 rating in the adult 25-54 demo. Those numbers are the best in the market since 2006.
Also benefiting from Obama's appearance was Craig Ferguson. His Late Late Show got an Obama bump, earning a 1.9 rating and a seven percent share. Those numbers are also that programs highest mark in two years.