Ferguson bests O'Brien -- or does he?

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" won a week against NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" for the first time ever, but there's a catch.

"Late Late Show" averaged 1.85 million viewers for the week ending February 8, compared with 1.8 million viewers for "Late Night," according to Nielsen Media Research.

But the ratings win comes with a Super Tuesday asterisk. NBC pointed out that it happened only because CBS was able to drop Tuesday's ratings from the week's average. CBS said Tuesday's "Late Late Show" aired with "an amended title" because of its Super Tuesday election coverage. NBC said that for 18 of the past 20 weeks, Tuesday's episode of "Late Late Show" was its lowest-rated of the week.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Craig Ferguson, host of CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" answers reporters' questions during the Television Critics Association media tour in Pasadena, California January 18, 2006. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello</p>