The Royalty Wars have begun!
This week, with ratings quickly declining for Conan O’Brien, NBC put together a _press release_ declaring that Conan O’Brien is the “King Of Late Night”
via Nikki Finke:
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. â€“ June 11, 2009 â€“ Conan is the new King of Late Night. “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” was the dominant winner in its first week on the air, delivering huge margins of victory in every ratings category. “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” won the week of June 1-5 with a 2.3 rating in the key measure of adults 18-49, the highest rated week for “The Tonight Show” in more than four years, and a towering 156 percent margin over CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” in adults 18-49. Even excluding the highly rated premiere show on June 1, Conan won the week with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and by 111 percent over the CBS program (0.9).
Of course, this is utter bullshit. Conan’s not even clown prince. The clown prince position he once held has been usurped by the utterly unwatchable Jimmy Fallon. Fallon has done everything he can to grab the college stoner crowd, even so far as to having regular beer pong contests — the latest with Betty White.
Conan, meanwhile, is simply recycling the same crap he’s been putting on since the college crowd he USED to cater to all grew up, got jobs and quit watching late night TV. In other words, there’s not much difference between the stuff that nobody used to watch Conan do ten years ago and the stuff nobody watches Conan do in Leno’s old time slot.
Ratings for Letterman quickly surpassed Conan, something nearly everyone predicted since Conan was announced as Leno’s replacement five years ago. Lots of TV pundits tried to compare Leno to Conan, but there’s really no comparison. Leno is funny by himself, with people on the street, or interviewing guests. Leno is gone, and you can’t compare Conan to Leno. All you have is Letterman. When you compare Letterman to Conan, Letterman is and old man that kicks Conan’s ass.
The comparison isn’t even close.
The ratings for Conan have dropped every day since Conan began his stint, so NBC just _had_ to do something — thus the press release partially reprinted above.
My late night favorite funny man, Craig Ferguson had something to say about that last night, and made me chuckle while he did so.
Craig announced that he, Craig is the King Of Late Night! And why? Well, because _Craig_ put out a press release, too!
Here’s the opening from Friday’s Craig Ferguson show:
While I realize this is but a little tempest in a teapot for anyone who’s not all that awake or in a caring mood or even watching Comedy Central’s late night programming, but seeing as how NBC’s currently on the hook for a $40 million commitment for Conan O’Brien, it apparently means something to someone.
As a parting gift, here’s Craig again with … I’m not sure what this is, but it’s another opening of the show from this past week
Sound req’d for the “Istanbul” song by They Must Be Giants — Get it before YouTube kills the audio track.