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Conan O’Brien to Take TBS Show to South Korea

Conan O’Brien’s next stop will be South Korea.

TBS will broadcast a special extended episode of late-night show “Conan” featuring the host’s recent visit to South Korea, the network announced Wednesday. The special, “Conan in Korea,” is set to premiere Saturday, April 9, at 11 p.m. and will feature O’Brien traveling the country with “The Walking Dead” star and Korean-American actor Steven Yeun. The two will visit Seoul and other parts of the country, including the Korean Demilitarized Zone and the Joint Security Area.

The Korean special will be the newest in a series of “Conan” episodes shot abroad. The late-night show has traveled in the last two years to Qatar, Armenia and Cuba. O’Brien has also taken his Los Angeles-based show to San Diego for Comic-Con, as well as New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.

The trips abroad have been ratings boons for “Conan.” The Cuba episode last year drew 1.81 million total viewers — up from 642,000 the previous night.

With increased competition in the space, most late-night shows have seen their ratings decline this year. For the week of March 20, “Conan” averaged a 0.27 rating in Nielsen’s advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo — down 18% from the same week a year prior.

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