Great Day In America For Craig Ferguson

Don Cherry, Brent Butt’s decision to end Corner Gas and Craig Ferguson’s ascension in late night over Conan O’Brien are the topics of conversation this week with CHML’s Scott Thompson
Listen to the exchange here.
Ferguson’s show topped O’Brien’s for the first week ever in the U.S. ratings race the week ending April 4, with an average audience of 1.88 million viewers vs. 1.77 million for O’Brien. NBC claims O’Brien still won the week among 18-49-years-olds and among men, but it is the first time O’Brien has lost in any measure of late night viewers in a dozen years, one of the longest winning streaks in TV history. While all numbers for late night viewing is down, O’Brien has suffered a 24% drop year-to-year. Ferguson is also down, but just by 12%.
O’Brien, of course, is supposed to take over as host of The Tonight Show in September, 2009. Ferguson, meanwhile, will host the annual White House correspondent’s dinner in Washington April 26 and on July 18 he’s Montreal-bound to headline a Just For Laughs comedy festival gala.

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