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L.A. welcomes ‘Conan’

Ratings up as yakker moves West

L.A. viewers have warmly welcomed Conan O’Brien to the West Coast.

This week’s episodes of “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” are originating from NBC’s Burbank Studios, the talk/comedy show’s first foray ever away from its Rockefeller Center home studio. And Tuesday’s first California-originated telecast (Monday’s seg was a repeat) surged to a 24 share, the highest average for any L.A. broadcast on any station that day, including primetime fare.

“Conan’s” 4.7 households rating in L.A. reps an 88% increase over the show’s Tuesday season average (2.5). Over all of Nielsen’s 46 metered markets, “Conan'” was up 18% (2.6 vs. 2.2). New York viewers appeared only slightly put off by the temporary switch to L.A., giving Tuesday’s “Conan” a 2.4 rating, down 8% from its Tuesday season average of a 2.6.

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