And now, for the numbers Conan O'Brien, TBS (which is owned by the same company that owns CNN) and everyone else has been waiting for...
The ratings from "Conan's" debut episode.
During last night's bow on TBS, "Conan" pulled in 4.2 million viewers, many of whom are on the younger side of adulthood. The projected median age for last night's audience is 30, with 2.4 million viewers falling in the 18-34 age range.
Meanwhile, O'Brien's old gig, "The Tonight Show," drew 3.5 million viewers, while "The Late Show with David Letterman" attracted 3.4 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
If you're planning on tuning in again tonight, you'll catch O'Brien chatting with Tom Hanks and Jack McBrayer plus a musical performance from Soundgarden.
Seth Rogen, Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford are just a few of the stars who will appear on Conan O'Brien's new late-night talk show over the next two weeks. One name that won't be landing on the list anytime soon? Jay Leno.
"He can come as the musical guest, because that I want to see," O'Brien remarks in a candid new interview in Playboy's December issue before adding, "No, there are certain things I will not do, regardless of the price.”
And while the "Conan" show will tape not far from the "Tonight Show," O'Brien doesn't anticipate that he and Leno will ever cross paths. "We hang out in different circles, so I don’t think we’ll be bumping into each other," he explains.
If you didn’t get your fill of jazzercising bears and dancing tacos last week, fear not. Conan O’Brien is giving fans yet another preview of his new show.
O’Brien plans to host “Show Zero,” a somewhat soft release of “Conan,” at 11 p.m. ET on Monday, November 1, according to a TBS press release (TBS is owned by the same company as CNN). Devotees can tune in to the simulcast on TeamCoco.com, YouTube.com or Facebook.com.
Celebrity guests and parts of “The Basic Cable Band” will be in attendance as well, though more details have not been released concerning what will take place during the show.
After spending 24 hours watching the Team Coco live cam, it’d be reasonable to expect that one of the first guests on "Conan" would end up being a dancing taco or someone in a bear suit doing ‘80s aerobics.
But it turns out that the very first people to take a seat in that specially designed guest chair when the show kicks off will be Seth Rogen and whoever wins the “First Guest Poll,” according to a statement from TBS (which is owned by the same company that owns CNN). (At the time of this post, Jack Nicholson was in the lead with 3,232 votes.) Jack White will be on deck to do a musical performance, as well.
The rest of the week lines up as follows:
It's a big day for Conan O'Brien fans. Beginning at 1 p.m. ET today, the talk show host will launch his Live Coco Cam, which will take fans behind the scenes at Team Coco for 24 hours.
As if that weren't interactive enough, O'Brien has set up a poll that allows viewers to choose who they would like to see as the very first guest on the November 8 premiere of his TBS show "Conan."
Among the candidates: Pope Benedict XVI, Justin Bieber, The Sultan of Brunei, the cast of the 2004 live-action "Fat Albert" movie, REO Speedwagon, and Arlene Wagner, the curator of Oregon's Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.
If the explosive promo for the "Conan" show is any indication, host Conan O'Brien's new gig is going to be a real blast.
"Instead of doing yet another promo for my new show coming this November on TBS, I'm going to give you guys what you really want: top-notch entertainment," he says in the opener. "I went out and I bought this 1969 Dodge Dart. I'm going to get in it, [and] I'm going to drive right off that cliff into Devil's Drop Canyon, a 900-foot sheer fall."
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