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'Conan' Premiere Draws 2.8 Rating

O'Brien's TBS debut beats broadcast competition 11/09/2010 08:32:54 AM Eastern

Conan O'Brien's new show on TBS drew a 2.8
overnight household rating in the metered markets in its debut Monday night.

Conan's 2.8 beat its late night talk show competition. In metered markets, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno drew a 2.7 household rating, CBS' Late Show with David Letterman had a 2.5, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live scored a 1.7, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS had a 1.4 and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC earned a 1.4.

Turner Broadcasting expected the first show to draw
a big number, but expects the number to be about 1 million viewers when the
excitement settles down.

O'Brien's first show featured several jokes about
the unfortunate end to his late-night career on NBC, and guests Seth Rogan, Lea
Michele and Jack White.

In a blog post last night, TV researcher Steven Sternberg said
"TBS's relentless (and quite good) promotional efforts should result
in decent viewer sampling, but then it will be up to him to maintain that
audience. If he tries to appeal to a younger audience, there are more than
20 cable networks in primetime with average median ages under 40.  He
might be able to accumulate enough viewers from them to survive, and maybe even
thrive."

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