Arsenio's 'back is beautiful' numbers

“Back is beautiful,” declared Arsenio Hall Monday, and so are the first-night numbers for his return to late night TV after 19 years, with the debut of the syndicated “Arsenio Hall Show” beating every other late-night show on broadcast TV in the advertiser-targeted demos of 18-49 and 25-54 in Nielsen’s 25 “people meter” markets, which include Philly.

Because the Eagles and the U.S. Open overrun delayed both ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” Hall’s PHL17 debut at 11 p.m. went head to head here with only “The Tonight Show” (and only from 11:30 to midnight). In that half-hour, though, Arsenio beat his friend Jay Leno (who made a surprise appearance at the top of the new show). Locally, the show scored a 1.8 rating/4 share in households and a 1.8/5.7 among 25- to 54-year-olds. (Each local household ratings point equals 29,490 TV households. Share is the percentage of sets in use tuned to a particular show.)

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