Jay Leno left late night and David Letterman and Craig Ferguson have announced their plans to depart. Conan O’Brien isn’t going anywhere however. TBS has renewed his late night talk show, Conan, through 2018. This adds another three years to his contract.
Here’s the press release:
TBS Extends “CONAN” through 2018
TBS and Conan O’Brien are continuing their partnership as the network has renewed the late-night series CONAN through 2018. Since it premiered in November 2010, CONAN has been a hit with TBS’s core audience of young adults, scoring a younger median age than any other hour-long talk show in late night.
For the year-to-date, CONAN is averaging 862,000 viewers in Live + 7 delivery, with more adults 18-34 than such competitors as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Arsenio Hall Show, Chelsea Lately and Watch What Happens: Live. The show garnered growth in Q1 2014, with adults 18-34 up by +12% and adults 18-49 increasing by +5% compared to Q4.
CONAN is a powerhouse when it comes to the digital realm, with a social media following of more than 18 million fans across 12 different platforms, including 10.6 million Twitter followers (more than any other late-night star on cable), 2.5 million Facebook fans, 4.6 million Google Plus followers and 1.6 million YouTube subscribers. In addition, last year’s “Occupy Conan” initiative, which invited fans to create an entire episode through crowd-sourcing, recently earned a People’s Voice Webby Award. And the Team Coco mobile app won the 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Enhancement.
“Over the past four years, we have built a terrific relationship with Conan O’Brien and are thrilled to be extending his series for another three years,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Conan has not only brought an incredibly young audience to TBS but has also created a digital presence that draws millions of fans to his unique brand of comedy. In addition, Conan has taken his show on the road for memorable weeks in New York, Atlanta and last month in Dallas, and will be breaking new ground next year when CONAN becomes the first late-night show to tape at Comic-Con. We couldn’t have asked for a better late-night host or a more enthusiastic ambassador for the TBS brand.”
CONAN airs Monday-Thursday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS. The series, which earned an Emmy(R) for its innovative companion app, is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as executive producer. The show originates from Stage 15 at Warner Bros. Studios.
TBS is basic cable’s reigning champion among young adults in primetime. Available in 101 million households, TBS features original scripted comedies like Cougar Town, Ground Floor and Sullivan & Son, as well as the upcoming Angie Tribeca (working title), Your Family or Mine, Buzzy’s and American Dad!, which will become a TBS original series in late 2014. TBS also features original unscripted series like King of the Nerds, Deal With It and Bam’s Bad Ass Game Show, along with the upcoming CeeLo Green’s The Good Life and Funniest Wins. In late night TBS, is home to the Emmy(R)-winning series CONAN, starring Conan O’Brien, and The Pete Holmes Show. The TBS lineup also includes popular contemporary comedies, such as The Big Bang Theory and Family Guy, along with blockbuster movies and championship sports.
TBS is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
What do you think? Do you like watching Conan on TBS?