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People watch Conan....just not on TV

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Smasher_Sloan, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    That's what TBS says as it offers make-goods to advertisers for lower-than-promised ratings:

  2. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    I believe the technical, inside-the-biz TV term for the TBS argument here would be "bullshit."
  3. SkiptomyLou

    SkiptomyLou Member

    It's a big hit with the college crowd that aren't a part of Nielsen ratings.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I get the sense that Fallon's show is more popular with the college kids than Conan's is...
  5. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    It's kind of funny that TBS made the exact same mistake NBC did years ago: banking on the Conan popularity a few years after it peaked.

    Conan peaked in the days when his show was being re-run on Comedy Central. The zeitgeist moved on. NBC then gave him the Tonight Show after his popularity waned, pushed him back into the limelight with the firing and then TBS overpaid him based on that second bubble.

    I love Conan, but he isn't ever going to draw Carson (well, who is?), Letterman or Leno numbers. He's a niche guy who would've been much better off at Comedy Central with maybe a 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. lead-in from The Daily Show and Colbert (moved up an hour to accommodate the move).
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    The TBS show just wasn't very good. I think not being able to bring certain characters (Triumph, etc...) hurt a lot, even though they'll never admit it.
  7. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Agreed. There are glimmers of the old show about once a week, but it's a DVR show for me now. I'll fast forward through it looking for taped bits and a hot female guest to watch. I've always loved his taped bits more than his monologue.
  8. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    It's a big hit with people who get to sound cool by saying they like Conan but don't have to actually sit down and watch it.
  9. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member


    If people watched Conan he's still be hosting the "Tonight Show."
  10. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    Lessons on being cool, from the closest person to Milhouse I've actually encountered.
  11. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I'm not in the trees, so I can see the forest.
  12. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Besides, I *do* always win. I've taken down my last two chess tournaments.
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