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Conan premiere draws strong late-night best 4.2M viewers

The series premiere of Conan O’Brien’s new late-night show Conan drew an impressive 4.155 million viewers last night, topping all programs in late-night (both broadcast and cable).

The show also skewed very young, drawing in 2.451M adults 18-34 and 3.285M adults 18-49 for a median age of 30. In fact, Conan absolutely crushed its main late-night competition in the key A18-49 demo:

  • Conan: 4.2M / 3.3M A18-49
  • Tonight Show with Jay Leno: 3.5M / 950,000 A18-49
  • Late Show with David Letterman: 3.4M / 1.4M A18-49

The full press release follows after the jump.

Also, if you missed it last night, click over the jump to watch the premiere’s Cold Open.  Conan airs Weeknight’s on TBS at 11:00PM.

Conan O’Brien’s Long-Awaited Return to Late-Night Television Attracts a Young Audience with Median Age of 30

Conan O’Brien’s new TBS talk show was a hit with young viewers Monday night, delivering an audience with a projected median age of just 30. Conan – which featured guests Seth Rogen, Lea Michele and Jack White – was watched by 2,451,000 adults 18-34; 3,285,000 adults 18-49; and 4,155,000 viewers.

O’Brien has a strong following among younger viewers, and social media has proven to be a key way for him to connect with his fans. “Conan’s audience has been very vocal online, and he clearly made a smooth transition from Twitter to TBS,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. “Conan delivered an extraordinary audience and stands out as the youngest late-night talk show on television.”

Tonight, Conan will welcome guests Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and Soundgarden. Upcoming guests include Jon Hamm, Fistful of Mercy and Charlyne Yi on Wednesday; andMichael Cera, Julie Bowen and Jon Dore on Thursday.

Conan originates from Stage 15 at Warner Bros. Studios and is produced by Conaco LLC. Jeff Ross is the executive producer.

About TBS
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network and is available in 100.1 million households. It serves as home to such original comedy series as Are We There Yet? and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns; the upcoming original comedy Glory Daze; the late-night series Conan, starring Conan O’Brien, and Lopez Tonight, starring George Lopez; hot contemporary comedies like Family Guy and The Office; special events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago; blockbuster movies; hosted movie showcases; and championship sports.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.