On This Day…

Late Show with David Letterman

August 30, 1993

The Late Show with David Letterman debuts on CBS. Many thought that David Letterman would take over for Johnny Carson when he retired in 1992. However, NBC gave Carson’s job to Jay Leno and Letterman moved from NBC to CBS, changing the name of the show from Late Night with David Letterman to Late Show with David Letterman. The show ran until 2015.