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Conan O’Brien Ends Run As Tonight Show Host With Ratings High

Conan O’Brien’s final Tonight Show drew an impressive 4.8 A8-49 rating, a record-high for his program:

“Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do,” O’Brien said. “I have worked with NBC for over twenty years. Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways. But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.”

Watch Conan’s farewell speech after the jump.  Jay Leno takes over as the new host — again — of The Tonight Show on March 1st.

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NBC and Conan O’Brien Finalize Tonight Show Exit; $45M to Conan and Staff; Conan Free to Host Elsewhere on September 1, 2010

NBC and Conan O’Brien have reached a $45 million exit deal. Under the deal, Conan will get more than $33M, while the rest of the money will go to his staff in severance (many of whom left with their families from NY to LA). Conan ends his run as the host of The Tonight Show on Friday, January 22nd.

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Reports: Jay Leno Back as Tonight Show Host; Conan’s Last Show Will “Likely” Be January 22nd

TMZ is reporting that Jay Leno has signed a new deal with NBC and will return as host of The Tonight Show airing from 11:35-12:35 a.m., which means Conan O’Brien is out:

As we first reported, under the contract Jay had been working under, he was guaranteed the 10 PM hour. By […]

Conan O’Brien Won’t Do A Show After Leno

The Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien has issued a statement saying he will not be doing his show after Jay Leno, as proposed by NBC.  Here is an excerpt from his statement:

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

Read the full statement after the jump.

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NBC Officially Ends The Jay Leno Show At 10PM, Wants To Keep Leno, O’Brien AND Fallon

The 10:00 p.m. primetime experiment with The Jay Leno Show has ended. The network has announced today that effective February 12th, The Jay Leno Show will no longer air at 10:00 p.m. NBC Universal Entertainment chief Jeff Gaspin released the first public statement on the late-night situation:

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Jay Leno Addresses Cancellation Rumors

During the taping for The Jay Leno Show, comedian Jay Leno addressed the cancellation rumors during his opening monologue.  On that point, NBC has responded to the cancellation / rumors of Leno moving back to 11:30 p.m.:

NBC executives held discussions with both Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien Thursday about the future of the network’s late-night lineup. And while executives said that no final decision has been made, they did not deny that the network is considering moves that could include returning Mr. Leno to his old job as host of “The Tonight Show.”

And here’s TMZ‘s report about Leno moving back to 11:30 p.m.:

We’ve learned Jay’s 10:00 PM show will go on hiatus February 1. After the Olympics, Jay will take back his 11:30 PM time slot. What has not been decided — whether Jay’s show will be a half hour, followed by Conan, or whether Jay’s show will be an hour and NBC says sayonara to Mr. O’Brien.

Broadcasting & Cable reports that the network will come to their decision before a January 21st affiliates meeting. Watch the bit from The Jay Leno Show after the jump.

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Conan O’Brien Finishes Well Ahead of Letterman In First Week as Tonight Show Host

conanobrien-061109After falling behind Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien pulled back in front of the show, although slightly: a 3.2 HH rating to a 3.1 HH rating.  However, NBC has released the key demographic data for the full week and in that measure there was no contest.  The Wednesday number marked the first time the show improved from the night prior since it premiered, indicating that it may have bottomed out.

The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien drew an average 2.3/10 A18-49 rating/share for the week, easily out-rating the 0.9/4 A18-49 rating/share earned by Late Show with David Letterman.

“This is beyond our wildest expectations,” said Rick Ludwin, executive vp, late night and primetime series, NBC Entertainment. “Conan has brought new younger viewers to 11:35 pm and we’re gratified that the demographic trend has continued here in week two, where the early numbers continue to show dominant victories, in all the key categories, for ‘The Tonight Show’.”

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Letterman Beats Conan In Late-Night Ratings

David Letterman’s Late Show with David Letterman snagged his first nightly win over Conan O’Brien’s The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien last night, drawing a 3.4/8 HH rating/share on CBS to Conan’s 2.9/7 on NBC.  Conan even fell behind ABC’s late-night news magazine Nightline, which drew a 3.1/9 HH rating/share.

Full weekly data, including […]

Strong Start for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien’s first The Tonight Show started off on a strong note, drawing a 7.1/17 HH rating/share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights.  The rating is an 82% improvement over the second-quarter average of The Tonight Show (3.9) and an even more impressive 173% above what O’Brien averaged for his farewell appearance on Late Night with […]