TBS Renews Conan Through 2018

By sadiegennis

May 14, 2014

Conan O'Brien's late-night series Conan has been renewed through 2018, TBS announced Wednesday. The new deal adds another three years to O'Brien's contract.

"Conan has not only brought an incredibly young audience to TBS but has also created a digital presence that draws millions of fans to his unique brand of comedy," Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, said in a statement. "In addition, Conan has taken his show on the road for memorable weeks in New York, Atlanta, and last month in Dallas, and will be breaking new ground next year when Conan becomes the first late-night show to tape at Comic-Con. We couldn't have asked for a better late-night host or a more enthusiastic ambassador for the TBS brand."

Though Conan averages only 862,000 viewers per episode, TBS says the series draws in more adults in the 18-to-34 demographic than its competitors, including Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, and Watch What Happens Live.

Conan's renewal is the latest in a long series of late-night "events" that've already come to pass in 2014. Namely: Jay Leno retiring from The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon taking over Leno's old desk at The Tonight Show, Seth Meyers assuming Fallon's former post at Late Night, David Letterman announcing his retirement from Late Show, CBS choosing Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman at Late Show, Comedy Central selecting Larry Willmore to take over Stephen Colbert's 11:30pm time slot, Craig Ferguson stepping down from The Late Late Show, and Jimmy Kimmel re-upping for two more years at ABC. Plus John Oliver leaving The Daily Show to start his own thing at HBO and Chelsea Handler prepping to leave E!.

Are you excited for more Conan?

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  • marlonjones May 15, 2014

    Fantastic!!! Conan & Jimmy Fallon is all we needs :)
    (btw, John Oliver's new show on HBO is pretty great too!)

  • wudntulik2know May 14, 2014

    Good for him.

    Conan has not only brought an incredibly young audience to TBS

    Incredibly young my foot. I'm ancient and he's the only one of the current crop of tripe I watch. He is consistently funny. Even Ferguson has gotten annoying.

  • DrSpongejr May 14, 2014

    Glad for him. Conan's one of the most consistently funny hosts on late night, and now that Craig's retiring, it's going to be a show I'll watch a whole lot more. Cheers!

  • wudntulik2know May 14, 2014

    consistently funny

    How funny, those are the same words I used.

    He's like the Big Mac of late night television.

    Ferguson is on later, isn't he? He's off his game lately, obviously as an FU to his bosses.

  • DrSpongejr May 14, 2014

    Yeah, it's like we think alike--or I saw your post before I did--but true nonetheless. It's ashame I've been too busy to watch Conan a lot of times, but just about every time he's on his game making me laugh the hardest of any late night host. I agree Craig's not as funny as he was, but he's only got a few months left, so I'll try to catch him as much as I can--nobody bends the format as much as he did, so I at least want to catch him while I can...

  • antdude May 14, 2014

    Yay for Coco!

  • firedrakes May 14, 2014

    good for him

  • Dudekotka May 14, 2014

    Good for Conan, he's great. But Craig Ferguson leaving isn't one of the bigger "namely"ies? I'd at least rather mention him than Colbert's replacement.

  • JT_Kirk May 14, 2014

    Good for him. It's no longer my cup of tea, I actually find Andy Richter funnier than Conan when I watch, but it's good that he's carved out a niche and made it work.

  • dodge_hickey May 14, 2014

    Nice to hear Conan will be going for another few years, I like him but the quality of his show has drifted a bit recently.