Just Out: Conan’s Ratings From First Night–Averaged 4.2 Million Viewers

Nov 9, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Press Release from TBS (TVbytheNumbers Says These are NOT Cumed Figures, But ONLY from the 11 PM Telecast):

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 [Nov. 8, 2010], 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.#

Earlier today, based on preliminarily data from metered markets, The Wrap had reported, "Conan’s new TBS show scored a 2.8 rating among Nielsen’s 56 metered markets. In contrast, Leno earned a 2.7 rating, Letterman drew 2.5, and Kimmel received a 1.7."


  1. how was the audience flow through the hour? i stayed through seth rogan but when the showed turned into just a talk show, i was out.

  2. Friggin’ LOVED Lea Michele on Conan! She was the reason why I tuned into the show in!

  3. Love Conan. He is great!

  4. Conan did his usual sophomoric material and although not my cup of tea, wish him much success! If TBS believes his numbers will continue, they should put him on five days a week, not just Monday through Thursday.

  5. Well, duh, of course he does well opposite local news, after six months of heavy promotion. His same shtick pulled second-place numbers against real competition. And we should all hold our opinions until he’s a month into his run. Even last time, Conan started well, before he folded and failed against Letterman.

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