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01-08-2010, 03:57 AM
Conan may be funnier (agreed), but I believe his ratings are no where near Jay's. I believe Jay regularly beat Dave Letterman, too. Who is also way funnier.

Letterman had higher ratings at first. Leno substituted on the Tonight Show a million times before the gig was his, so viewers weren't as fascinated with Leno as a result. A few months into it (1993?), it settled into the pattern that Leno usually got higher ratings (he's in L.A., so his show gets the superstars first) but Letterman had a younger audience (the demographic age advertisers lurve). I believe Letterman was able to sell advertising time at a higher rate as a result.

Leno is old-school. Conan will attract the younger audiences. I think Conan is a better investment long term.

Which is why NBC decided to keep O'Brien under contract....not lose him to another network..and decided who would replace Leno almost a decade before it happened :lol: .

Posted 9/27/2004 2:05 PM
Conan will take over 'Tonight Show' in 2009
By Gary Levin, USA TODAY
NEW YORK NBC's Tonight Show is getting a new host in 2009.


Other articles today:



I find the talk/comedy shows on cable tv more interesting, anyway. :blah:

01-08-2010, 04:10 AM
Conan is more popular with younger audiences, there are many other edgier late night shows on cable for that timeframe. I believe that the 11:30 ET or 10:30 CST is a slightly older population who either turn to Letterman or CNN for late night TV since Leno left late night. Who will probably tune back in with Leno at that time.

Conan repeats jokes and banter too, just is more insulting and bitter about it. And there is usually nothing funny about it.

Personally, I prefer Chelsea Lately, she is edgy, funny and brings in others to help her.

01-08-2010, 04:28 AM
I'm one who prefers Leno, but to be honest I don't watch him at the 10 p.m. slot. I'm usually watching something else or busy so I forget that he is on. I will sometimes be flipping channels and find him on at that time. However, I don't set out to watch him then like I did at 11:30.

I've never liked Conan, who I just don't appreciate. I know there are those who do though.

Jot the Dot Dot
01-08-2010, 09:44 AM
Maybe it's a personal thing, but I tried to watch Conan's monologue. Just couldn't get into it. Same with Ferguson. But I do love their talk with guests. Gotta give Carson and McMahon credit when imitations of them have become common stock among comedians. Their banter is a trademark! "How __ is it?" "It was so __..."

01-09-2010, 05:03 AM
A person familiar with Mr. O'Brien's camp said there had been "approaches" by other networks since it emerged Thursday that NBC hopes to return former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno to his longtime 11:35 p.m. eastern perch at the General Electric Co. network, displacing Mr. O'Brien.

One suitor is News Corp.'s Fox network, which has had early discussions with Mr. O'Brien's circle about hosting another late-night show, ...



01-09-2010, 05:31 AM
Craig Ferguson is the best of all of them. :cool:

Heck yeah! Even my parents think he's hilarious! What I like about Craig and Conan is how random they are.. I'm a huge fan of random humour. Conan reminds me of my best guy friend from highschool.. same sense of humour.

01-10-2010, 07:37 PM
NBC confirms: Jay out at 10 p.m. slot beginning February 12


The most likely scenario is putting Jay at 12:05 a.m. (after the Olympics are over) and Conan starting at 12:35, but it's not yet confirmed.

01-10-2010, 08:06 PM
Everybody keeps talking about how this affects Conan. But what about Jimmy Fallon? Will Jimmy be unemployed because of Leno?

01-10-2010, 09:14 PM
Depends on what they do with Conan. I think people care more about Conan because he has been in place longer and should be treated as a valuable property by NBC - it will be quite a slam to him to put him back as 12:35am IMO. Jimmy Fallon's only been on the job for a few months, and I haven't heard anything about his show's ratings - only that it's so-so entertainment. I don't think it would have much impact to replace Jimmy Fallon - except to Fallon himself, of course.

If they're really looking to kick O'Brien back to 12:35, I hope he bolts for another network. That's really shady.

01-10-2010, 09:26 PM
Craig Ferguson is the best of all of them. :cool:

ITA. For some reason that I can't explain, his yodeling shark puppet makes me laugh so hard I actually disturb the neighbors.

01-10-2010, 09:45 PM
ITA. For some reason that I can't explain, his yodeling shark puppet makes me laugh so hard I actually disturb the neighbors.

And ITA. I start laughing with anticipation when he takes the stage. There's something about him I can't put into words.

01-10-2010, 09:49 PM

Per this, the plan is to keep Leno, O'Brien and Fallon, only giving Leno a half hour (just a monologue?) and moving O'Brien and Fallon 30 minutes later for each. I still think Conan would be smart to shop around and see if another network will give him a better 11:30pm deal.

I thought this was interesting:

the network is waiting to hear if Leno and "Tonight" host Conan O'Brien accept its new late-night TV plans.
Doesn't look like they're asking Fallon's opinion on it - which makes sense given his newness in the talk show game.

01-10-2010, 09:51 PM
I've never been able to tolerate Conan - reminds me of too many frat boys I've known. I much prefer Jay, but always have found other channels to watch at 10pm. I will be happy to see him back where he rightfully belongs.

My opinion, the original switch was a "New Coke" moment. No one wanted it or needed it. I too, feel sorry for Jimmy Fallon, not that I'm up watching him, as he's proabably going to be the sacrificial lamb.

01-10-2010, 10:09 PM
It's unfortunate that they feel the need to "demote" Jay to monologue-only.
He handles guests better than any of the others.

NBC should admit that this was a hare-brained idea; and return to the old-schedule, with generous "incentives", if necessary.
It is ridiculous that they don't seem to have had a "contingency plan" in place to address the possible failure of the "grand experiment".

01-10-2010, 10:31 PM
I actually think Fallon's new show is a better fit for 10:30 than Conan. Visually it's just a much brighter show. Conan's set is too blue and too dark and just feel's like late night. If I were Conan I'd just retire from late night and go back to writing or look into other opportunities if they tried to shove my show back a half hour.

Jay could retire from television tomorrow and I wouldn't miss him. I wouldn't even notice his absence.