Things are looking up for Conan, post-NBC. His new 11pm latenight show drew 4.2 million viewers for its debut Monday, 2.5 million of which were in the coveted 18-34 demographic, and it was the highest rated latenight show on TV for both broadcast and cable. Ratings, as expected, fell on Tuesday night, down 33% to 2.8 million viewers, but as of Wednesday those numbers have stabilized at 2.7 million. That’s great news for O’Brien and TBS execs, who must be thrilled to have pushed George Lopez and his 600,000 viewers back to midnight in favor of such a huge new (and young, advertiser-friendly) audience.
Bad news for the fans of Fox’s Running Wilde with Will Arnett and Keri Russell: you are few and far between. Despite Arnett’s attempts to rally support for the show, the numbers don’t look good for Wilde, which has fallen to a distant last place among all programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox when it aired on Tuesday after a two-week hiatus.
Now the half-hour comedy is back on the bench for another two weeks, with a new episode not due until November 30th. In the meantime, Fox will be airing reruns of its much better-received freshman comedy Raising Hope in Wilde’s Tuesday 9:30 pm time slot. In the long term, expect the network to replace Running Wilde permanently with a mid-season order of the Christian Slater comedy Breaking In. It’s the only logical move for Fox, for whom Wilde is not only a huge ratings drag, but also a bore.