The best case scenario for Conan would be for another network to pick him up and bring back the edge his show used to have on NBC when it followed Letterman.
Back to Leno...I can't believe people turn his show on and are legitimately entertained. It's just bland crap. It's just a matter of time before all the old folk die off and the new guys get a legitimate shot at the title. (haha! I know, that was harsh)
The problem is, Leno is killing Conan's ratings. People dont want to watch 2 1hr talk shows over a 2.5 hour period. Leno's ratings are in the tank and are providing a poor lead in to the local news,which results in less viewers carrying over into conan. The *only* nights Leno has had even decent ratings were when he started putting the ousted biggest loser contestants on there. Put a good lead in show at the 9pm slot, and you'll see higher ratings for local news and conan.
Also, has anyone else noticed that Leno is getting much, much more plugging from nbc in ads than conan, and is undercutting conan for the best guests?
Additionally, after some further research, ive noted that Conan is beating letterman in the important 18-49 demo.
Leno was forced to step down from his 11:30 p.m. spot because NBC had brokered a deal with O'Brien to keep him from leaving the network once his contract expired. The deal gave O'Brien "The Tonight Show" in 2009.
Leno has said more than once that he wished he could go back to late night, but that he is an NBC team player. Since taking over "The Tonight Show," O'Brien has fumbled at least one-half of Leno's previous audience. The bell began to toll for Conan when numbers came out for the fourth quarter, showing that rival David Letterman's "Late Show" was on par with O'Brien among the younger viewing audience that NBC said was its primary target for late night TV.
I think the wall street journal didn't really do their research. I remember a few weeks back that Letterman won the week for the coveted 18-49 demo. A first time for him against the Tonight Show. I think it was the week about his affair stuff came out too.
"If you can't hear me, it's because I'm in parentheses."
Will the corporation buy out the star? Do they have enough bucks to do it?
On tonight's monologue, Jay Leno sounds upset, even going so far to say he has "trust" issues with NBC right now. Which indicates that Leno and his reps are fighting NBC's attempts to cancel The Jay Leno Show at 10 PM primetime Monday through Friday. That would violate his 5-year contract in which the network gave his show a 2-year iron-clad commitment. But NBC doesn't want to absorb the penalty -- "it's just too big" -- so their solution is to find a place for Jay in late night. But, wait -- wouldn't Leno like NBC's idea to return him to the 11:35 PM time slot he called home from 1992-2009? Not so much if it's an abbreviated half-hour that's just a lead-in to Conan.
CFH HMagic bball season.
Let my fred's Four Horsemen ride.
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