'Conan' blimp finds its way to 'Tonight Show' studio
November 16th, 2010
04:06 PM ET

'Conan' blimp finds its way to 'Tonight Show' studio

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's… Conan O'Brien?!

Staffers at NBC Universal in Burbank, California, were likely scratching their heads at the sight of a giant orange blimp hovering over the area yesterday afternoon.

It turns out the citrus-colored aircraft belonged to O'Brien, who used the blimp to promote his new TBS talk show, "Conan" – and perhaps annoy rival Jay Leno. Sources tell Deadline.com the red-haired host's blimp could definitely be seen from the studio where Leno tapes the "Tonight Show."

"Conan" has gotten off to a decent start since its November 8 premiere. As Marquee previously reported, the show averaged 1.5 million adults in the 18-34 demographic and nearly 2.2 million adults between the ages of 18 and 49 for its first week. Overall, the average for the week was 2.9 million viewers.

Leno averaged 3.9 million among total viewers for the week while Letterman drew 3.7 million.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Joe Bloggs

    Hello All,
    A few Conan fans in Germany have now dedicated a new comedy web site to the Conan blimp called Gasbags and it is good for all the family. See: http://www.airship.me
    Regards Joe

    November 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Conan O'Reily

    @ Slapsshot – Conan didnt "swipe" Leno's show....Leno PICKED Conan to take over for him, after he (Leno) promised his wife he would retire after 15 years. He picked Conan to avoid the same issue that happened between him (Leno) and Letterman.... if ya want to talk about the topic, there is an interesting fact... who was the common variable in the two incidents where the Tonight Show was supposed to be passed on to a new host? Hint: It wasnt Conan, Letterman, OR Carson.....

    November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. slapshot

    I have always loved both Leno and Conan.. even after Conan swiped Leno's #1 Tonight Show from under his feet – starting in 2004.. but I got over it. Conan failed at the Tonight Show because his style of humor didn't fit into that mold. Jay brought it back to #1 when Conan decided to leave.. but Conan continues to play the "victim". I still love Conan and watch his new show and will continue to do so, but Conan – you need to get over it. Move on – you weren't made for The Tonight Show.

    November 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. late night blows

    If you say conan sucks people say you don't get the jokes
    but I do get them. They're really just not funny to someone with mid-high intelligence.

    November 17, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Conan-Sucks

    Gee, why does Jay Leno consistently beat Letterman and Conan... BECAUSE HE'S FUNNIER.
    Conan is just an idiot, which is why he has the following he does.
    Letterman is boring, tries too hard to be funny.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. andy

    team coco!!

    November 17, 2010 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Avon Barksdale

    I miss when Conan used to do the stare contest with Andy.

    November 16, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tibber

    Leno is soooo lame, I don't understand why and or who watches him. He isn't funny at all! I love Conan and have been waiting for his comedic return! Yay!

    November 16, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    !selur ocoC maeT .izaN a si oneL yaJ

    November 16, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. .mickrfhyuedj

    Leno is better

    November 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mary

    lol!!!!!!that is sooooooo funny!!!!

    November 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Love for coco

    I love conan and letterman. Both a great! I don't get how Leno gets more viewers. Maybe lenos people pay to be in the #1 spot.? Leno sucks. Support conan!!!

    November 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Avon Barksdale

    Michael Vick is 30 and he's doing pretty good(. Plenty of people in their 30's are happy! (In Oprah's loud annoying voice) IM 30!!!!!!

    November 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Avon Barsdale

    sniff.... I'm 31, I guess Im a loser! Dang!

    November 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bongsmcj

    yeah conan!!

    give it up jay cause nobody thinks you're funny, except maybe the 30-something losers who still watch your garbage dump of a program.

    November 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  16. El Jefe

    It would have been funny if the blimp could flip the bird...

    November 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Elizabeth

    Do the weekly demographics take into account that Conan is only on four nights a week, whereas Jay and David are on five nights?

    November 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Avon Barksdale

    Conan is my boy! The best part last night was the guy getting checked/felt up by airport security!

    November 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |

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