/// Team Coco Losing Out to ‘Chelsea Lately’

July 1, 2011  |  Media Week

Team Coco just can’t seem to catch a break. After a buzzy premiere last November, Conan O’Brien’s TBS program, Conan , has fallen behind Chelsea Handler’s E! show, Chelsea Lately , in the competitive late-night cable talk show race. According to the latest ratings, Chelsea has pushed Conan out of third place in cable late-night thanks to a major influx of women viewers between 18 and 34, the New York Post reports. (Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Colbert Report hold the 1 and 2 spots, respectively.) In June, Nielsen data showed Conan averaging just 743,000 total viewers, compared with 808,000 viewers for Chelsea Lately . Within the key 18-to-49 demo, Handler also topped O'Brien for the first time ever, with 559,000 viewers to Conan ’s 503,000. Conan ’s drop in ratings is bad news for TBS, which lured O’Brien in with a huge $32 million deal and, leading up to his show’s debut, demanded ad rates as high as those usually reserved for premium broadcast TV.

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Team Coco Losing Out to ‘Chelsea Lately’

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