Conan O’Brien’s special about his trip to Cuba attracted one of his largest audiences on TBS.
An average of almost 2 million people watched the premiere of “Conan In Cuba” on Wednesday, March 4.
The TBS cable network show logged 1.3 million viewers during the 11 pm ET premiere, but picked up another 510,000 viewers when it was repeated immediately after the debut. That’s not counting DVR and online viewing.
In comparison, 642,000 watched Conan’s late night show the night before. And on average, 807,000 viewers tuned in to watch his late night show in the first quarter of 2015.
During the Wednesday night special, Conan gave a little historical background, made fun of himself and mocked CNN, spoofing a live report from a Havana rooftop, saying: “I’m realizing Anderson Cooper has a very easy job,” and “This is what they do on CNN,” while a chyron that read “Havana Dog Stops Barking.”
Conan’s February visit to the island marked the first time a late-night host filmed in the country since the United States began its embargo in 1962.
If you missed it, you can watch the behind-the-scenes videos and full episode online. Here’s a preview: