Fans are feeling saddened and a little older today upon hearing news of plans by David Letterman to retire sometime in 2015. The Los Angeles Times reported on April 5, 2014, that with Letterman retiring, all eyes are now on CBS' next move. It's hard to believe that it's been 21 years since CBS hired Letterman away from NBC in order to launch its "Late Show" franchise.
The median age of the Letterman viewer is 58, while young adults who have been raised in the Internet era often don't even watch TV. It therefore appears CBS may search for something different now to try to lure younger viewers back to TV. It is these younger viewers who are very desirable to advertisers.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported Letterman is leaving his show on his own terms. Letterman has created a legacy which will be hard to match. He is seen as not just a talented talk-show host, but also as brilliant. Letterman will be missed by a generation whose views on the world around them he so eloquently helped to shape with his witty entertainment.