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LATE NIGHT IN SPLINTERS

November 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

TV’s late-night audience appeared more fractured than ever during the week of November 8, with many of the audience ratings among total adults and adults 18-49 so close as to be statistically insignificant. Virtually all of the shows had some slight demographic victory to boast about, but what appeared most apparent was that there was […]

CONAN’S BIG RATINGS: HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST?

November 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It wasn’t the 10.3 million who tuned in for his swan song on NBC’s Tonight show last January or the 9.2 million who tuned in for his debut on that show the previous June, but the 4.2 million viewers who watched Monday night’s premiere of Conan were a whole lot more than those who watched […]

I’M STILL HERE — BUT MOVIE WON’T BE

September 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite massive promotion — most of it free, thanks to the Internet — Casey Affleck’s I’m Still Here, about Joaquin Phoenix’s supposed transition from movie star to rap wannabe, has turned out to be a flop. In its second week, the film, released by Magnolia films as a documentary, earned $113,333 in 120 theaters, or […]

TONIGHT‘S RATING DROP TO HISTORIC LOW

September 3, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Ratings for The Tonight Show over the summer have fallen to their lowest level in history, published reports observed today (Friday), citing Nielsen figures. Among 18-49 year olds, they’re 23 percent lower than they were last year when Conan O’Brien hosted the show (although they’re up 12 percent among total viewers). Nevertheless, the Jay Leno-hosted […]

CONAN IS SNUBBED AGAIN

August 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In the end, Conan O’Brien got the hook again. Widely expected to receive the Emmy for outstanding variety, music or comedy series for the period when he hosted The Tonight Show, he lost out to Jon Stewart, who took the award for the eighth consecutive year. The residue of the NBC debacle was very much […]

JAY WINS BUT DOES NO BETTER THAN CONAN

August 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

NBC on Thursday attempted to put a positive spin on the latest ratings for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, saying in a press release that it delivered “bigger audiences than the ABC and CBS competition in every key ratings category.” However, ratings analysts were quick to point out that the show’s ratings were down […]

LATE NIGHT’S BIGGEST COMPETITOR: THE DVR

July 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In the longer-than-Afghanistan war of the nightly variety-talk shows, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno remains ahead of Late Show with David Letterman, but both hosts have seen their ratings decline sharply in the past year — Leno’s more than Letterman’s. In an interview with today’s (Thursday) New York Times, David Poltrack, who tracks ratings […]

TBS TOUTS CONAN FOR AN EMMY — FOR HIS NBC “TONIGHT” SHOW

June 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In what is likely an unprecedented “for your consideration” Emmy campaign, one network is paying to hype a show that appeared on another network. TBS launched the campaign today (Tuesday) with trade ads asking Emmy voters to consider Conan O’Brien in the late-night categories when they fill out their nomination ballots. While some reports depicted […]

CONAN: “I WOULDN’T HAVE DONE WHAT JAY DID”

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Jay Leno has repeatedly said that the ribbing he took from fellow comics during the fiasco that saw Conan O’Brien step down as host of the Tonight show and Leno return to the show was merely a matter of comedians doing what comes naturally. “All comedians are friends, but when you go onstage your job […]

EUBANKS TO PLAY HIS LAST SONG FOR LENO

April 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On the Tonight show Monday, Jay Leno made no mention of the news that Conan O’Brien would be moving to TBS in November. But he did have a less-surprising announcement to present as he brought onto the stage Kevin Eubanks, who, as leader of the Tonight show band, had been a conspicuous offstage presence for […]

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