Day: August 18, 2011

Turner doesn’t have a Conan problem, it has a TBS vs. Adult Swim problem

To hear everyone tell it, you’d think TBS has serious issues with its late-night TV lineup, what with the cancellation of Lopez Tonight after only two seasons, and the steep decline in viewership for Conan as it nears the end of its first year on basic cable. In May, Conan averaged about 701,000 viewers in the 18-49 aged demographic, behind Jon Stewart, Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson. By the last week of July, Conan had averaged 707,000 total viewers — and only 550,000 aged 18-49. His numbers are much closer to...

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Stephen Colbert addresses Rick Perry’s poaching of Colbert Super PAC treasurer

On last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert finally addressed the strange-but-true fact that Texas Gov. Rick Perry had poached Colbert’s Colbert Super PAC treasurer to work on the Republican’s presidential campaign. Plus, Colbert sang part of a classic 1980s ballad! And as he noted, he’d already given an official statement on the matter to Politico.com earlier in the week, saying: “We’re not surprised. Sal is the best in the business. That’s why we went with him. We’re happy for Sal and we are even happier that Governor Parry (sic) has sent the clear signal of which...

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