NEW YORK -- David Letterman, already the longest-tenured talk show host on late-night television, has agreed to extend his contract with CBS to remain on the "Late Show" into 2015.
The deal means Letterman will compete directly for at least a year with the two Jimmys -- Kimmel, on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and Fallon, who's taking over at NBC's "Tonight" show this winter.
Letterman joked on Friday that he had a lengthy discussion with CBS Corp. President Leslie Moonves "and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground."
Letterman, 66, has been on the air for 31 years since beginning at NBC in the time slot following Johnny Carson in 1982. His contract was set to expire next summer.
It's unclear how long into 2015 the new contract extends. Neither CBS nor Letterman made any mention of this being a final contract at the "Late Show."
In the increasingly competitive late-night world, where Letterman also competes with new Emmy Award winner Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central, Letterman averaged 2.89 million viewers for the TV season that ended last month. That's down 3 percent from the previous year.
Jay Leno and the "Tonight" show averaged 3.55 million viewers, the Nielsen ratings company said.
Kimmel's show on ABC has averaged 2.42 million viewers since it began competing directly with Letterman and Leno in January.
Letterman moved to the top of the ratings when Leno was briefly replaced by Conan O'Brien. But Leno took over again when he returned to late night.
ABC's ‘7' not so lucky
NEW YORK -- The ABC drama "Lucky 7" has won a dubious derby as the first television show of the new season to be cancelled.
ABC said the show is gone after two episodes.
It'll be replaced on Tuesday night's schedule temporarily by reruns of the network's hit show "Scandal."
"Lucky 7" is a remake of a British series. It focused on seven gas station employees from Queens who struck it rich.
Its premiere was seen by 4.4 million people, the lowest fall premiere ever for an ABC drama. Last week's second episode had 2.6 million viewers, a 41 percent drop.
-- The Associated Press
Comic undone by tweet
CHICAGO -- Chicago comedian Hannibal Buress had his appearance on CBS's "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" canceled last Thursday, and he said it was all due to something he tweeted.
"I was scheduled to do a set on Ferguson but the show runner unbooked me because of this tweet," Buress tweeted, referring to his tweet last Tuesday which stated "Yo @CraigyFerg last time I did your show you left set before I went on and I had an awkward fadeout situation." A YouTube video shows Buress's set end with a fadeout and then Ferguson at his desk telling the audience "Got to go. Goodnight, everybody," which may or may not have been taped beforehand.
"I don't know if Ferguson had anything to do with the (cancelation). But it's pretty wack nonetheless Buress tweeted. "I hope that it was all the producers doing and not Ferguson. If ferguson made that call it would be 10 times as wack.
"Also I didn't pursue them for a set at all. The booker asked me. I haven't done stand up on late night in more than a year by choice. I'm more disappointed than angry."
-- Chicago Tribune