Satellite TV owners everywhere are rejoicing over Conan O’Brien’s triumphant return to the late night game. Everyone’s favorite redhead unveiled his new show on TBS Monday night, and proved to the world that he still is a comedic force on the Late Night television circuit.
O’Brien, who was asked to leave NBC after his version of The Tonight Show flopped, prodded at his former network multiple times throughout the show.
“People ask me why I named the show Conan,” the rejuvenated host said in his opening monologue, “I did it so I’d be harder to replace.”
O’Brien also worked in some jokes about his new home while displaying some of his trademark irony, stating, “I’ve got to be honest, it’s not easy doing a late show on a channel without a lot of money that viewers have trouble finding… So that’s why I left NBC.”
Stunningly, Conan’s jokes might not be the only reason why people are laughing at NBC this morning. In early returns, Conan was watched by 4.2 million viewers last night. That’s 700,000 more viewers than the average viewership of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC’s replacement for O’Brien.
Of course, Conan’s huge ratings can be attributed more to the hype surrounding his premiere than anything else. But the fact that Conan will appear on basic cable means that even to be in the same ballpark as Leno’s figures will be a major success for TBS.
Ratings aside, it’s good to know that O’Brien is back on late night television where he belongs. Check out the hilarious opening segment to last night’s premiere posted below, proving once again that no one does late night better than “Coco.” Tune in weeknights at 11pm on TBS to watch Conan in crystal clear HD on DISH Network.