November 10, 2010
Early ratings counts showed that Conan O’Brien’s new show, “Conan,” defeated Jay Leno and “The Tonight Show” in the ratings for November 8th, which was the premiere night of “Conan” on TBS.
Yes, it seems as if “Conan” drew in 4.2 million viewers on the basic cable network, while “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno only bagged 3.5 million viewers. Not only that, though, but O’Brien attracted a staggeringly higher number of viewers aged 18-49: while Conan attracted 3.3 million 18-49ers, Leno only brought in 950,000 of them. Yikes!
Of course, that 4.2 million easily defeated the rest of O’Brien’s late-night competition as well, beating David Letterman (3.4 million), besting Jon Stewart (1.3 million), and crushing Stephen Colbert (1 million).
O’Brien has had a lot of viewer support that has escalated over the internet since his departure from “The Tonight Show” in the spring. Conan seems to have the upper-hand, though, as he now has an endless slew of jokes about the whole ordeal. In his opening show, he laughed, “People ask me why I named the show ‘Conan.’ I did it so I’d be harder to replace.” That just about sums it up.
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