TCA: Leno Takes Another One On the Chin From TV’s Funny Ladies

From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:

It’s amazing how even when he isn’t present or even mentioned by name, any discussion of the late-night talk show landscape finds Jay Leno having to absorb a shot or two. Or … Read More »

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TCA: Conan No Longer Needs To Use Leno As His Whipping Post

From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA Coverage:
Speaking to the media en masse for the first time since landing last fall with his own late-night chatfest at TBS, Conan O’Brien expressed that he’s never been happier – … Read More »

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Conan Issues Apology Over Rudolph Snafu

Nellie Andreeva

Last night, we were the first to point out the striking similarities between a video on Conan last night about Sarah Palin shooting Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a similar skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live 2 weeks ago. Now, Conan O’Brien has issued a video apology to the folks … Read More »

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Conan And Kimmel With Dueling Bits On Sarah Palin Shooting Rudolph

By | Wednesday December 22, 2010 @ 10:28pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: It is probably best that Sarah Palin doesn’t hunt at the North Pole. Here is a Holiday-themed video from tonight’s Conan on TBS, which features a chance encounter between the former Vice Presidential candidate and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But as a commenter pointed out, Jimmy Kimmel did a similar bit on his ABC show 2 weeks ago, on Dec. 7. (Coincidentally, that episode was rebroadcast tonight right after Conan went off the air.) This is actually Kimmel’s second Palin-killing-Rudolph skit. He first tackled the subject in December 2008 with a claymation Palin. Here are Conan and Kimmel’s clips from this month as well as Kimmel’s 2008 video:

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George Lopez To Run For Mayor Of LA?

By | Tuesday December 21, 2010 @ 1:08pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: The jig is up: reps for George Lopez confirmed this was a shtick and Lopez is not seriously considering running for Mayor.

PREVIOUS: Comedian and late-night talk show host George Lopez talked about his political aspirations on Fox11′s Good Day LA this morning. “I intend to run for … Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Signs New Two-Year Deal With ABC For ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

By | Monday December 13, 2010 @ 2:27pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Kimmel has signed a new two-year extension with ABC to continue as the host/executive producer of the network’s late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which will continue to air at 12:05 AM for the time being. The new deal … Read More »

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It’s Official: ‘Conan’ Topped All Late-Night Shows In Its First Week

Nellie Andreeva

It was widely expected but, since the weekly numbers for the broadcast late-night shows are not released until the following Thursday, Conan O’Brien’s weekly victory did not become official until today. For his first week on … Read More »

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Conan Blimp Flies Over ‘The Tonight Show’

By | Monday November 15, 2010 @ 5:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The orange blimp promoting Conan O’Brien’s new late-night show on TBS hovered over Conan’s former stomping grounds at NBC Universal this afternoon. Here is a photo capturing the blimp as it flies above Burbank and Universal. Sources say the blimp … Read More »

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LATENIGHT RAT RACE: Conan Slides Again on Thursday; His First Week Tally Still Solid

Nellie Andreeva

Conan just wrapped his first week on TBS slightly above … Read More »

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LATE NIGHT RATE RACE: Leno Takes Weekly Lead Over Letterman While Conan Stabilizes

Nellie Andreeva

After David Letterman in the last week of October posted his first demo win over Leno since Leno’s return to The Tonight Show, Leno bounced back to reclaim the lead in both 18-49 and total viewers for the first week of November. This marks Leno’s first solo first-place finish at the top of the 18-49 rankings in 5 weeks, as Leno and Letterman were tied for 3 weeks before Letterman won outright the week before last. In 18-49, Leno averaged a 1.0 rating vs. a 0.9 for Letterman. The same week last year, Letterman and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien were tied at 0.9. (In 18-49 viewers, Leno’s average was 1.26 million vs. 1.21 million for Conan last fall; Letterman’s was 1.20 million vs. 1.22 million last year.) The two may switch places again this week as Letterman dominated Leno on Monday night. Among total viewers, Leno averaged 3.9 million for the week, up from 2.3 million for Conan last fall; Letterman drew 3.7 million vs. 3.9 million last year. As for the third airing of Conan’s new latenight show on TBS, his ratings drops were far more moderate than the 33-42% between the premiere and night 2. Last night, Conan drew 2.7 million viewers, down only 3% from the night before. His 18-49 audience was 1.9 million, down 13%. In 18-34,he averaged  1.15 million, down 19%. Here are the averages for the broadcast latenight shows during the week of Nov. 1-5: Read More »

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‘Conan’ Ratings Drop 30% In Second Airing

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 9:45AM: The fast nationals for Conan’s second show on TBS are in. It drew 2.8 million viewers, down 33% from its premiere audience and lower than its broadcast counterparts. Despite the decline, Conan is expected to once again … Read More »

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Tom Hanks Makes Big Splash On ‘Conan’

By | Tuesday November 9, 2010 @ 7:34pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tom Hanks was a frequent guest on Conan O’Brien’s late night shows on NBC and also appeared on Conan’s final Tonight Show,. Tonight, he experienced some second-hand Splash experience on Conan’s new TBS show. (Recall that mermaid he starred in?) Here are the opening jokes from Conan’s monologue, both … Read More »

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UPDATE: 4.2 Million Watch Conan’s Debut Which Beats Leno, Letterman, Stewart & Colbert

Nellie Andreeva

2ND UPDATE: It was a great opening for Conan O’Brien on TBS last night. The comedian’s eponymous talk show drew big 4.2 million viewers and massive 3.3 million adults 18-49 and 2.5 million in 18-34 to rank as the top-rated latenight show on TV – broadcast or cable – last night. This was an impressive 2/3+ of the audience he attracted for his debut on NBC’s The Tonight Show in May 2009. Conan ranked as the No.1 latenight talk show telecast of all time on basic cable, beating The Daily Show‘s Oct. 29, 2008 edition. It also topped all other latenight telecasts in basic cable history. The show’s median age was also impressive: 30, the lowest among all latenight shows and half of that for the big broadcast latenight franchises.

Conan towered over its direct competition, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1.3 million; 690,000 in 18-49) and The Colbert Report (1 million; 550,000 in 18-49) and also beat its broadcast counterparts, Leno (3.5 million, 952,000 in 18-49) and Letterman (3.4 million; 1.3 million in 18-49). While Leno and Letterman are not direct competitors as their airtime is shifted by a half-hour, beating soundly The Tonight Show must have been gratifying for Conan following his dismissal from the show 9 months ago. Despite having direct latenight show competition for the first time, The Daily Show was pretty resilient in total viewers, down a modest 13% from its season-to-date Monday viewer average. The hit was bigger in the 18-49 demographic, 21%. Colbert at 11:30 PM followed a similar pattern (down 12% in total viewers, 25% in 18-49 from its season average.) Stewart opened his show by congratulating O’Brien on his return to TV until he “realized” Conan was airing opposite him. (video below the chart.) Read More »

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Conan’s Monologue & Cold Open On TBS

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What Ratings Will Make ‘Conan’ A Success?

Here is a transcript of Conan O’Brien’s opening monologue as well as the opening video at tonight’s premiere of his late-night show on TBS.  The clip features dramatizations of Conan’s telling NBC brass to “go … Read More »

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Fans Start Camping Out For Conan Launch

Team Coco says 5 of “our most die-hardest-ever fans” are already camped out for standby tickets on Forest Lawn Drive outside the Warner Brothers lot in advance of Conan O’Bren coming back to late night television Monday at 11 PM ET/PT. “We popped over and took them some soda, granola … Read More »

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‘Daily Show’ Tops All Late-Night Shows For First Time … Sort Of

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 1 PM: The Daily Show‘s monthly average only includes original telecasts as is the practice in cable. Meanwhile, the averages for the broadcast late night shows include all telecasts, original and repeats. Both Letterman and Leno had one dark week in October. Still pretty impressive result for The Daily Show but it is fair to compare apples to apples.

PREVIOUS: This is a major achievement for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and possibly an indication of a sea change in latenight that has been brewing for awhile as younger viewers have been gradually migrating from broadcast to cable. Traditionally dominant among young men and adults 18-34, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart finished the month of October as the No. late night talk show in the big boys’ demo of Adults 18-49. This is the first time that any late night talk show other than The Tonight Show or Late Night with David Letterman has claimed the top spot in the key demographic. Of course, Daily Show‘s October numbers got a boost from the show’s coverage tied to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear last weekend and all the publicity surrounding the event. But with broadcast latenight shows’ audiences aging along with their hosts, they have been consistently losing ground to hipper upstarts such as Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Things will get even more interesting next week when Conan O’Brien enters the fray on TBS. The bar for him is not very high as the show he will replace in the 11 PM hour on TBS, Lopez Tonight, is currently the lowest-rated latenight show on any network. Here are all entertainment late night shows’ 18-49 rankings for October:

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Conan O’Brien Shows Up On George Lopez

By | Thursday November 4, 2010 @ 6:51am PDT

Conan made his first television appearance last night – a “surprise” visit to Lopez Tonight in advance of the Monday launch of new TBS late-night show.

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Conan O’Brien Debuts ‘Show Zero’

Nellie Andreeva

Here is Conan O’Brien’s sneak peak at his new talk show at TBS aka Show Zero, which he did online last night. Judging by the 5-minute preview, the new show will be a lot like any other late-night talk shows, with a monologue, celebrity and musical guests. Hopefully there will … Read More »

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Video Highlights From Stewart’s & Colbert’s Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear

Nellie Andreeva

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear drew tens of thousands to the National Mall in Washington DC yesterday and hundreds of thousands to the event’s live broadcasts on TV and online. Among the highlights: Colbert’s big entrance from his “fear bunker” via a capsule like the one used in the Chilean miners’ rescue, Stewart’s closing Moment of Sincerity, which produced the most sound bites from the event such as “We live now in hard times, not end times” and “If we amplify everything, we hear nothing.” Sandwiched between them were bits that, as Stewart self-deprecatingly said “some would classify as comedy” that mixed comedy, silliness and some poignant moments. Here are some of the most memorable skits:

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
 

Jon and Stephen – Stephen’s Fearful Entrance

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Rally to Restore Sainty and/or Fear
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
 

Jon Stewart – Moment of Sincerity

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Rally to Restore Sainty and/or Fear
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report

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