Late Night Ratings: Conan Wins Week Two, Drops Off in Viewers
Conan averaged a 1.5/6 for the week
By David Tanklefsky -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/18/2009 4:31:59 PM
In Conan O’Brien’s second week on the job at the Tonight Show he remained in first place, ahead of CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman, though Letterman was slightly up in viewers while Conan lost 38% from his debut week.
The Tonight Show decisively won the 18-49 ratings, averaging a 1.5/6 for the week, compared to the Late Show’s 0.9/3. Conan’s rating marked a drop off from his opening week, where he registered a 2.3. Letterman stayed even at 0.9. Conan drew 2.0 million viewers in the demo while Letterman grabbed 1.1 million.
Letterman, perhaps benefitting from his running feud with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, beat Conan in household rating 2.7 to 2.6. Conan edged out Letterman in total viewers with 3.8 million to 3.7 million. That’s the closest the Late Show has come to The Tonight Show in a week of first-run programming since the week ending Dec. 2, 2005, when Oprah Winfrey appeared on Letterman.
mr millard, for your information tonight show writers are the former late night writers. former tonight show writers are going with jay to his new show. get your facts straight!
edward g - 6/19/2009 9:50:28 AM EDT
I actually thought maybe the Tonight Show writers could make even Conan funny, at least entertaining. So far, it sadly seems that he just doesn't have the juice. OK maybe not sadly because Letterman was always the second funniest guy in the late night market so he deserves to get the market since Leno went to do his new show. Maybe it will be a surprise success and NBC won't look completely inept. Conan wanted it, he's got it. Is NBC going to be OK with a slow drift to 2nd?
Michael Millard - 6/18/2009 11:14:41 PM EDT
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