Conan Beats Leno, Letterman

Conan on TBS, which featured night-one guests actor Seth Rogen, Glee’s Lea Michele and musician Jack White, launched on Monday with 4.16 million viewers—3.28 million adults 18-49 and 2.45 million adults 18-34 at 11 p.m. ET—according to Nielsen Media Research data. 

Comparably, this was both the most-watched late-night talker of the evening in the three surveyed categories, and the youngest skewing (with a medium age of just 30). Conan also more than doubled the debut of year-ago time period occupant Lopez Tonight (which has shifted to 12 a.m. ET) by 145 percent in total viewers (4.17 to 1.70 million), 222 percent in adults 18-49 (3.28 to 1.02 million) and a massive 303 percent among adults 18-34 (2.45 million to 608,000).  

Here is the ranking:

Monday, Nov. 9

Total Viewers:

Conan (TBS): 4.16 million; Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC): 3.47; Late Show with David Letterman (CBS): 3.39; Lopez Tonight (TBS): 1.35; Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central): 1.31; Colbert Report (Comedy Central): 1.01

Adults 18-49

Conan (TBS): 3.28 million; Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC): 1.34 million; Late Show with David Letterman (CBS): 952,000; Lopez Tonight (TBS): 883,000; Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central): 687,000; Colbert Report (Comedy Central): 551,000

Adults 18-34

Conan (TBS): 2.45 million; Lopez Tonight (TBS): 571,000; Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central): 455,000; Colbert Report (Comedy Central): 367,000; Late Show with David Letterman (CBS): 364,000; Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC): 350,000

Median Age:

Conan (TBS): 30; Lopez Tonight (TBS): 32; Colbert Report (Comedy Central): 34; Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central): 38; Late Show with David Letterman (CBS): 53; Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC): 59

Coming up on Conan tonight: Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and Soundgarden