With numbers starting to roll in, Conan O'Brien's big debut on TBS is looking like it was a big success. "Conan" beat Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jon Stewart to earn a 2.8 rating, according to TheWrap.com, and TBS says more than 4.1 million tuned in.
That's all well and good, but what really matters is what the viewers thought of his show and whether they'll tune in again. We asked msnbc.com and TODAYshow.com readers for their opinions on his first night back. Here's what some of you had to say:
I am so glad that Conan is back! He looks wonderful and seems to have endless energy. Having the crowd right up front will give Conan fodder for many gags to come — I can't wait! I predict he will do very well on TBS.— Tammy Hayes, Biloxi, Miss.
Overall, it was good to see Conan back. However, his incredible (almost over the top) need to please and be liked still holds him back — and this was evident again last night. ... And, just like always, he has a tendency to oversell a joke, or get all embarrassed and panicky when one falls flat, instead of just having a bit of faith in himself. — Chris Checkman, California
I thought it was stupid. I just tuned in to see if he had changed anything and nothing has changed. Even the idiot Andy Richter is still there. I won't be watching Conan and will continue to watch Jay Leno. — Sharon Schlieckau, Reedsburg, Wis.
Typically I am not a fan of Conan ... however I tuned in to see the show and thought he rocked it! — Mona Dworkin, Richmond
Funny opener, but went downhill from there. Who is Seth Rogen? Pretty weak for first guest. With 30 mil payoff from NBC, Conan doesn't have to work too hard and the premiere showed that he's gonna pretty much mail it in every night. — Joe Green, St. Germain, Wis.
I must admit that I have never been a Conan fan, however, I was glued to my TV last night in anticipation. I was not disappointed. And now I AM a fan. He was great! I loved every minute of the show. ... I think he not only joins the ranks of hosts like Johnny Carson I think he is among those comedians who will be remembered as truly GREAT. Those such as Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Red Skelton etc. — Diane Madison, Boulder, Colo.
It was OK. It obviously needs polishing and, plain and simply, it really wasn't very funny. The nut lady and Seth Rogan didn't rock my world for the show's premiere, and there is still too much of Conan's childish body movements. I like Conan, but some of the rust has yet to be knocked off. — Sean McMahon, Kingman, Ariz.
Not funny, period! How many times do we have to listen to Conan talk about his past situation at NBC? Fact is, Conan has a niche audience. His humor is bizarre at best and he ought to learn some new dance moves. The ratings will be terrible. — James Berner, Chicago
I totally appreciate the return to a "Carson" type format instead of racing to the top of the late night heap to find the most quirky-sexy-glitzy-bitchy 12th grade mentality. I did NOT like the new stage set! It's way below par for the show and looked 1980 — 30 years old! — Leo S., Atlanta, Ga.
I thought it was a great show. I never watched him regularly before because of the late hour. I was surprised to see him perform musically, didn't know he was such a talented guy. — Bob, St. George, Utah
If Andy Richter had bellowed "HEEERE'S Conan!" the Carson recreation would have been complete. Same set layout. Same supporting cast support. Same format. Only difference — nervous pacing/energy. When he adjusts to the new freedoms of cable, he'll regain his strong, loyal following. — Mark Blake, York, Pa.
The opening sketch was good, but when I saw that the best he could do for an opening guest on his first show was Seth Rogen — whose interview was not very funny or entertaining and didn't even contain a clip from his movie — I knew he was in trouble. In the end, people tune in for the guests, and Conan is going to have to do better than Seth Rogen.— John Blaser, Palatine, Ill.
I really enjoyed it. Finally, a breath of fresh air in late night talk shows. Jimmy Fallon was the best of what was there, but I like Conan better. Conan has a better monologue and he seems more real instead of staged. ... I will be watching every night. — Anonymous
Put it this way. I was expecting Bam! and I got zzzzzzz's. Would not go there again unless I happened to be skipping around due to commercials. — Charles Petkus, Tampa, Fla.
Conan nailed it last night! He is back to his late night format and with Andy Richter. The best Conan has always been with Richter as his sidekick.— Erik Tjader, Dallas
I thought it was a lame first show. If that opening monologue was the best that they could do after taking the summer to write it, this show is truly going to fail. Overall it seemed to me to be a weak attempt at replicating his old show and it almost seemed like he was going through the motions. — Ben Crosse, Vancouver, B.C.
As was expected, our Jolly Orange Giant led the way with familiar, almost nascent-teenage style comedy, that kept me laughing and remembering why kids are the ones that seem to have all the fun.— Brandon Orgill, Laie, Hawaii
Insipid, slow, juvenile and boring. Conan's old 12:30 show on NBC was great, at times. His 11:30 NBC show was not as good. This show is just bad. Kick it up a notch, Conan, or let us go sleep in bed and not in front of the TV! — Anonymous
After such a bitter end to the "Tonight Show," I was ready to take in Conan's triumphant return. While the debut of "Conan" had some very funny moments, it felt more like another episode of a show thats been on for years, rather than an epic new beginning.— Josh R.
A decent debut. Should maybe reduce the time with the "celeb guests" and up the antics and the silly sketches and video clips, etc. in the beginning. Conan is best when he's zany and weird and off-the-wall, when he's pushing the envelope. Less celebrity chat (really really dull) and more craziness! — Tom Cogsy, Columbia, Mo.