If you liked my ill-informed dismissal of the best-loved serious television drama ever, you'll love my current quality ranking of the late-night talk shows!
1. Conan, by a nose
3. Leno (unwatchable with guests, but the gag writing is still solid)
4. That manorexic MTV guy—not nearly as bad as you'd expect!
6. The Scottish guy with the horrible monologues
This is how bad things have gotten for Letterman, how depleted and ossified he is now: if you count The Colbert Report as a late-night talk show, and I'm not even sure why I feel there is any ontological issue here, then he is at best running the 6th-strongest late-night talk show out there at the moment. And I say that without even having seen Greg Gutfeld's show, although I have friends who love Gutfeld and it is at least conceivable that someone would try to engage me in a conversation about the program. When's the last time somebody approached you and said "Hey, did you see Letterman last night?" Unless you count the post-9/11 Sammy Maudlin Special, it had to have been before the heart bypass.