Conan's Declining Ratings: What TBS Says

Art Streiber

The cable channel's head of programming talks about how long he sees the show airing.

Ratings for Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show may have dipped drastically (TBS) -- but the cable channel has no plans to halt the show.

Michael Wright, head of programming at TBS, told television critics Wednesday that the nightly average - around 1 million adults 18-49 - is "landing right about where we expected it to. At this number, Conan will run as long as he wants it to."
 
To build its case, TBS even released numbers Tuesday night claiming that Conan topped its cable and broadcast rivals in two key demos --  18-49 and 18-34 -- when factoring in DVR data.
 
“Everything has worked out great for me," O'Brien said about relocating from NBC to TBS.
 
He admitted that he misses NBC “from time to time … I had a lot of amazing experiences there and I felt like a part of the family. It’s still very hard sometimes. That meant a lot to me to be a part of NBC. It’s like when they say you take off a limb and you sometimes feel like you still have that limb. There are times I still mourn the loss.”
 
He didn't want to address Jay Leno ("We all know the story”), but he revealed he is on good terms with David Letterman.
 
They recently had a friendly phone conversation.
 
Said O'Brien, “We’ve always been good.”
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