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Letterman crews deconstruct set after highly rated finale

Fans of David Letterman, members of the media,

Fans of David Letterman, members of the media, security agents, visitors and employees of the "Late Show" gather around the entrance to the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the "Late Show with David Letterman" is filmed, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton

It was moving day for David Letterman on Thursday as crews emptied out his set at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

From the New York cityscape background to the lights, crews hauled off the items into a truck outside the midtown location.

A representative for the "Late Show with David Letterman" said that most of the items will be disposed of, though Letterman kept some set pieces for himself, but refused to give specifics. Undisclosed institutions also requested items for safekeeping.

Letterman superfan Rob Ribar scored part of the set's Manhattan Bridge. "I'm not gonna ever sell it," he said.

The move comes after the show's final broadcast drew 13.76 million viewers, the largest audience since February 1994, when his show aired after the CBS telecast of the Winter Olympics.

Millions of fans who enjoyed Letterman's late-night antics over the years returned Wednesday night as the iconic host signed off following a 33-year run.

It's likely that Wednesday's finale will have drawn among the three or four largest audiences ever for the "Late Show with David Letterman."

Letterman's penultimate full week was his best in terms of viewership since 2011.


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