"Conan" shifting to a weekly show, according to Turner boss

06 January, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Evan Mason

Reilly's denial of The Wrap report came shortly after the entertainment outlet published a story in which Turner CEO John Martin disclosed the apparent plans to reduce "Conan" to a single, hour-long broadcast every week.

TBS will reportedly begin airing Conan O'Brien's late-night show "Conan" weekly instead of nightly. The comedian recently traveled to do stand up in Cuba and South Korea, which apparently boosted the series' Nielsen TV ratings. Those trips have proved a boon both creatively and in TV ratings. Moreover, O'Brien had trouble contending with the crowded late night landscapes at NBC, CBS, and ABC given that he's on basic cable, so perhaps the switch will be more tailored to Conan's strengths (banter with Andy Richter, sobering monologues, fascinating interviews) while doing away with the more chore-ish aspects like a traditional monologue.

Going forward, Conan will follow a similar format to TBS's other late-night property, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which now a new episode once a week. Samantha Bee does exactly that, by the way, and she's made some waves of her own since Full Frontal launched on TBS. He added that O'Brien is holding his own, however. Trevor Noah landed 1.3 million per episode. "Conan" averaged 356,000 demo viewers in Q4; "The Daily Show" brought in 616,000.

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This will be a big change for Conan O'Brien, who has been a daily late-night host since he took over Late Night in 1993 - with one very famous interlude where he wasn't.

"In case you were wondering, "Conan" does out-draw "@midnight".

Representatives for "Conan" and TBS had no comment. A spokesman for Turner did not return calls or emails seeking response.


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