Early Ratings Indicate Conan Victory Over Leno

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Wrap

Ratings are the best revenge. And if these numbers hold, “Conan” had a very sweet debut for TBS.

In his first night back on the air in over nine months, Conan O’Brien bested David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and — most importantly for O’Brien — Jay Leno.


Conan’s new TBS show scored a 2.8 rating among Nielsen’s 56 metered markets. In contrast, Leno earned a 2.7 rating, Letterman drew 2.5, and Kimmel received a 1.7. More…