Conan O’Brien‘s tenure at TBS will last at least into the spring of 2014.
The cable channel has extended “Conan’s” run to April 2014, or “well into the Ron Paul presidency,” as O’Brien jokes in the renewal announcement. The show has been a fairly steady but not overwhelming performer in the ratings since its launch in November 2010.
“We are proud to be in business with Conan O’Brien for the long run,” says Michael Wright, head of programming for TBS and sister channels TNT and TCM. “Night after night, Conan and his team have put together terrific shows that draw a young and fiercely loyal audience.”
So far in 2012, “Conan” has averaged 1.1 million viewers per night, with about 700,000 of them falling in the adults 18-49 demographic and 407,000 from the 18-34 group. The show has posted ratings growth for three straight months and is on pace to improve again in February.
“Conan” still trails “The Daily Show” (1.6 million viewers in 2012) in their common half-hour and is about even with “The Colbert Report” (1.1 million). “Chelsea Lately” on E! also typically draws in the 1 million-viewer range.