O'Brien has some job security — at long last
You can understand how Conan O'Brien might never feel secure in a job again, but his future looks good at TBS: The network announced Wednesday it has renewed "Conan" through April 2014.
O'Brien, who left NBC in January 2010 after the network tried to push his "Tonight Show" back half an hour to make room for Jay Leno's return to late night, debuted on TBS in November 2010.
"I am excited to continue my run with TBS because they have been fantastic partners. This means I’ll be taping episodes of 'Conan' well into the Ron Paul presidency," O'Brien said in a statement.
The show has often struggled for ratings, but TBS noted that it has enjoyed audience growth for the last three months. Last month, it was up 27 percent in total viewers compared to October 2011, and up 21 percent among adults 18-49, the demographic most important to advertisers. This month the show is up another 11 percent among adults 18-49 and 8 percent in total viewers.
"Conan" is averaging 1.1 million viewers this year, averaging 702,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic.
In its first year, "Conan" earneed three Emmys nominations, including one for Outstanding Varirty Music or Comedy Series. O'Brien also won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Talk Show Host.