If you happen to watch Conan O’Brien tonight, watch for telltale signs of depression. This is what qualifies as a bad day:
Leno debuted huge: Jay Leno’s new prime time comedy/talk show copped 18 million viewers… That’s NBC’s best performance in the Monday 10 p.m. timeslot since the Summer Olympics in August of 2008… 18 million people is about 6 million more than watched Leno’s glutinous final broadcast as host of “The Tonight Show” in May, and about twice as many people as caught Conan O’Brien’s debut as host of “The Tonight Show” in June.
Conan’s younger audience has flamed out: In his 14th week as host of “The Tonight Show” — the most recent for which final stats are available — Conan clocked just 1,000 more 18-to-34-year-olds than Leno had one year earlier…Just 13 weeks earlier, Conan had attracted nearly a million more 18-to-34-year-olds than Leno had snared the comparable week one year earlier.
Obama’s going on Letterman: President Barack Obama will make the first appearance ever by a sitting U.S. President on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on next Monday’s show. He will be the sole guest on the broadcast. President Obama has already appeared on The Tonight Show since being inaugurated in January, making a visit to the program, then hosted by Jay Leno, on March 19.
Jesus, that’s brutal. You have to figure that Obama’s going on Letterman in part to not play favorites with NBC, which makes me think: what if the president had gone on Letterman in March instead of Leno? Then Conan would have him this time, and he’d have a chance to win in the ratings for once. That Obama show will be huge, I promise you. People are gonna tune in just to yell at their TV sets.