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Conan O'Brien new TBS show ratings

Updated on October 19, 2011

CONAN comes back

Monday November 8th 2010, marked O'Brien's return to late night television after his departure as host of The Tonight Show on NBC following a dispute this year, in which Leno's program The Jay Leno Show was canceled after poor ratings, and NBC reinstated Leno as host of The Tonight Show.

Conan O'Brien is enjoying a sweet, sweet victory in the ratings.

The Hollywood Reporter

O'Brien's debut program featured guests including curator Arlene Wagner of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, actor Seth Rogen and actress Lea Michele. His guest schedule for Tuesday night's program included actors Tom Hanks and Jack McBrayer, in addition to music from the group Soundgarden.

The premiere of Conan was watched by over 4.1 million viewers. Nielsen ratings data made public today showed that Leno's program The Tonight Show was only watched by 3.5 million viewers, and Letterman's Late Show was seen by 3.4 million people. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report were watched by 1.3 million and 1 million viewers, respectively.

CONAN comes back down to earth

On its first week, the new show CONAN, broadcasted on basic tv cable (TBS) pulled in big 2.9 million numbers. However, this week the show only averaged 1.7 million viewers. So without surprise the ratings tumbled a bit after the opening week.

Good news for Conan (and TBS, and TBS advertisers) the show does pull in the youngest demographic of any late-night talk show with a median age of just 32

The waiting game is now to see whether CONAN manages to hold an audience or even build new viewers, or whether this will completely mimic the ratings "freefall" at NBC that led to end his show at that network.

So far, at TBS the early trend rating results are looking pretty similar, but it’s too early to tell whether TBS is satisfied at where things are going at this point in time or not. No doubt the network will give O’Brien more time to make his case than NBC did.

The question remains whether Conan will be able to produce as good a show as he used to do on a nightly base on NBC, knowing that NBC will retain the rights to at least some of the comedic material

I just hope that Norm McDonald is not coming back in a few months for this:

Norm read the message he wrote in the gift card back in June 2009.

NORM MACDONALD: "Congratulations, Conan, on finally securing your place as permanent host of The Tonight Show. That's something they can never take away from you. It is perhaps the shrewdest programming decision ever made by the NBC brain trust. Sure the pressure is on, but if I know you, Conan O'Brien, 'miserable failure' is not an option. You are the new king of late night!"


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    • IloveMPG profile image

      IloveMPG 7 years ago

      The show is better than what he was doing on NBC. It's a little rougher, he's gotta be doing better than Lopez, though Lopez's show is much better than you'd think given his sitcoms and standup.

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      It's great to have Conan O'Brien back I feel his new show will be a success and the fanbase will grow. Great report on Conan's new show. Thanks :)