Conan O'Brien Ratings Spike Since NBC Drama

Jan. 13 2010, Published 4:56 a.m. ET

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Whether or not Conan O’Brien stays at NBC, the recent drama surrounding late-night programming has given the host the ratings boost he has been hoping for.

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Tuesday night’s airing of The Tonight Show saw a 42 percent gain in adults aged 18-49 from the previous night. Also, O’Brien’s 1.7 adults in 18-49 rating in local People Meter markets trumped Letterman’s .9 18-49 rating for Monday’s shows. Leno averaged a 1.2 18-49 rating in those same local people meter markets. Last week, for Monday, January 4, O'Brien had a 1.0 18-49 rating.

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As for Jay Leno’s primetime program, the ratings were stagnant, staying about the same they were last week. Letterman’s Late Show (which airs against O’Brien’s show) ratings also remained constant.

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There is a silver lining in every cloud as O’Brien gains the public’s sympathy and viewership.



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