Arsenio Hall*Early numbers from Nielsen show that after a 19-year absence from late night TV, Arsenio Hall was able to make a strong showing in Monday’s ratings.

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 Arsenio Hall Show” brought in 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.

Monday’s “Arsenio,” 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.

It generated a household rating of 1.9, placing it behind Leno, who nabbed a 2.3 while Letterman got a 1.8 and Kimmel came in with a 1.9.

Still, Hall’s household numbers were up 19% from its lead-ins and up 90% from the time period averages last year for the channels carrying his show.

Hall was able to pull a household rating of 3.2, which was the highest performing late-night talk show and also won the time period. The show aired at 11 p.m. on KTLA in Los Angeles.

In New York, on Tribune’s WPIX, Hall’s 1.6 rating came in second to Letterman, though it won in 25-54 and 18-49.

Bottom line: He’s baaaack. Woof woof!