[Los Angeles Times]

Arsenio Hall is back on late night after a 19-year absence, and his return made a strong showing in ratings Monday, especially in Los Angeles, according to early numbers from Nielsen.

In Nielsen’s 25 markets with local people meters, CBS Television Distribution’s “The Arsenio Hall Show” beat all other late-night talk show telecasts in key demographics.

The show garnered a rating of 1.2 among adults aged 25-54 years old and a 1.0 in the 18-49 age group.

For comparison, among 18-49ers, “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” scored a 0.6 and a delayed “Late Show With David Letterman” got a 0.5 and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” received a 0.8.

“The Arsenio Hall Show,” which featured appearances by Paula Abdul, Chris Tucker and Snoop Dogg (putting aside his Snoop Lion alter ego), didn’t compete quite as well in metered market households overall.

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