Conan’s First Night Whips Rivals In Viewership

NEW YORK (AP) — TBS says Conan O’Brien was welcomed back to television by more than 4.1 million viewers.

The former host of “The Tonight Show,” who left NBC eight months ago, returned to late night Monday with a new talk show, “Conan,” which premiered on basic-cable network TBS.

In the 11 p.m. Eastern hour, O’Brien’s opening night throttled his direct rivals on Comedy Central. “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” was seen by 1.3 million viewers, followed by “The Colbert Report” with 1 million.

Conan even beat Jay Leno, the host who reclaimed the “Tonight Show” chair from him. Starting at 11:35 p.m. Eastern, “Tonight” attracted 3.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Co. figures released on Tuesday.

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  • Michel

    Conan is NOT funny. He just doesn’t have it. I find it amazing that anyone thinks that he is. I like him just fine, but, he’s not funny. At all.

  • syed waqar ahmed

    conan is the funniest talk show host i have seen in my 27 years. harvard educated and seasoned comedy writer, brilliant talk show host, creative skits, classy self-effacing disposition, razor sharp wit, makes his guests feel comfortable in any situation… just can’t imagine better…..

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