Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Last night was the highly anticipated return of Conan O'Brien to television after his much talked about debacle with NBC.  The first episode of his new series, Conan, on TBS, started out with one of the best cold opens in recent memory and continued to soar throughout the episode.  Personally, I was laughing almost the entire show.  Between a great monologue, some memorable sketches, and the wonderful song he performed with musical guest, Jack White, Conan showed he was back with a vengeance.

Conan's return also marked some pretty amazing ratings with his premiere beating out both Leno and Letterman.  Obviously it's because it was his first night back, so it will see where the show settle at in the ratings game.  Personally I hope Conan continues to best Leno for a long time, it would only be right.  You can see all the info on the ratings as well as more info on tonights episode in the press release below.

Conan O’Brien’s Long-Awaited Return to Late-Night Television
Attracts a Young Audience with Median Age of 30

Conan O’Brien
’s new TBS talk show was a hit with young viewers Monday night, delivering an audience with a projected median age of just 30.  Conan – which featured guests Seth Rogen, Lea Michele and Jack White – was watched by 2,451,000 adults 18-34; 3,285,000 adults 18-49; and 4,155,000 viewers.

O’Brien has a strong following among younger viewers, and social media has proven to be a key way for him to connect with his fans.  “Conan’s audience has been very vocal online, and he clearly made a smooth transition from Twitter to TBS,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks.  “Conan delivered an extraordinary audience and stands out as the youngest late-night talk show on television.”

Tonight, Conan will welcome guests Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and Soundgarden.  Upcoming guests include Jon Hamm, Fistful of Mercy and Charlyne Yi on Wednesday; and Michael Cera, Julie Bowen and Jon Dore on Thursday.

Conan originates from Stage 15 at Warner Bros. Studios and is produced by Conaco LLC.  Jeff Ross is the executive producer.


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