‘Conan’ Ratings, Night Two: Still the Champ, but…

Jun 3, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Two days into his new gig, Conan O’Brien is still the king of late-night ratings.

While predictably down from Monday’s much-hyped debut, Tuesday’s second edition of "The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien" averaged a stll-strong 5.0 rating/12 share in metered market overnight Nielsen ratings.

That’s the highest Tuesday overnight for "Tonight" since Feb. 27, 2007, and 28 percent better than what Jay Leno had been averaging on Tuesdays during the last three months. It was also good enough to outrate "Late Show with David Letterman" (3.0/7, up a tad from Monday) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (1.2/4, flat night-to-night).

Compared to Monday’s first outing, O’Brien lost around a quarter of his audience, dropping from a 7.1 overnight rating. Tom Hanks was O’Brien’s main guest Tuesday.

O’Brien continues to be a boon for the rest of NBC’s after-hours lineup. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (2.1/7) was up 24 percent over its second quarter average, soundly spanking CBS’s "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

NBC even included "Last Call with Carson Daly" (1.3/6) in its ratings spin Tuesday, duly noting that show’s 30 percent bump over its second quarter average.


  1. Conan O’Brien is a very talented and funny guy. I thought he was one of the
    “Best” Hosts of the Oscars. He really belongs on Broadway!

  2. It was actually the Emmys, and not the Oscars, that Conan hosted, but that was when I first began to appreciate his comedic skills.

  3. You think NBC at some point will regret this move at some point? They never should have promised this job to Conan Leno should still be in that job. I guess all is not lost when the Conan experiment fails they can always bring Leno and put him back at 11:35.

  4. I think NBC will continue to be happy with this over time. Jay’s ratings were good, but his demographics are less so (I work in advertising) and were trending downward. Give Conan time…he’s smart and very, very multi-talented. And his demographics are good. Remember, nobody was happy when Jay replaced Johnny, but he found a style that worked for him over time.

  5. I really enjoyed Leno, but two months into Conan and I can not watch it. He is like a red headed bobble doll, his band is from some other space and time. Leno and Kevin Eubanks were great together. Conan is the last person to think he is funny. I hope no one tells him. Watching him make a fool of himself is the best part of the show. NBC, GE is going to outsource you.

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