Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Chicago turns out for "Conan"

The debut of Conan O'Brien on The Tonight Show Monday scored huge ratings, though not as big as Leno's sendoff on Friday.

Conan debuted to a 7.1 overnight household rating and 17 overnight household share, according to Nielsen. Locally in Chicago (WMAQ-TV, NBC5), O'Brien's debut notched a 8.7/18 (scroll down), tied for fifth with Pittsburgh (WPXI-TV) for the most-watched market.

Leno however, scored a 8.8 HH rating and 20 share Friday, with Chicago clocking in at 10.9/23 (Baltimore's WBAL-TV had the highest rating, at 15.4/30.)

Markets showing the love for Conan was Minneapolis' KARE-TV with a 12.8/29, followed by St. Louis' KSDK-TV with a 11.4/24, ranked first and second, respectively among most-watched markets.

But they must hate Conan O'Brien here: Raleigh-Durham's WNCN-TV was the lowest-rated market, with a 3.7/8. Then again, it was the lowest-rated market for Leno's sendoff as well (3.9/8).

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