Conan O’Brien will remain with TBS until November 2015 after extending his contract with the cable network, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times.
Carter writes, "While his old network, NBC, is in the midst of the latest late-night upheaval, trying to smooth a transition from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon at ‘The Tonight Show,’ TBS is promoting Mr. O’Brien’s success with young viewers. The network notes that his audience has the youngest median age in late-night television, 39.7 for this television season. By contrast, Mr. Leno’s is 58.1 and Mr. Fallon’s is 53.3."
TBS also said O’Brien’s show leads late-night entertainment with online viewers, with 8.3 million Twitter followers and 2 million Facebook fans.
Carter points out, "Because TBS has yet to have a real star in prime time — virtually all its success is based on reruns of sitcoms like ‘The Big Bang Theory’ — Mr. O’Brien has become the standout individual face of the network. So it is all the more important for TBS to lock Mr. O’Brien in for another two-plus years."