Late night programming begins at pm Eastern/Pacific Times, after network affiliates' late local news. This list does not list the numerous game shows in the mid-1980s that usually got late-night clearances (such as the 1985 run of The Nighttime Price Is Right) but were not expressly intended for late night audiences.
Until September 2009 and again since spring 2010, the "Big Three" television networks (NBC, ABC and CBS) have all begun their late night programming at p.m. This is a half-hour to one hour after the end of prime time to allow local stations to air newscasts, and most stations (with a few exceptions) do.
ABC, CBS and NBC all begin their late night schedules with comedy and interview-based talk shows, however only CBS and NBC air additional lead-out talk shows beginning in the a.m.
In cable, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” fell one-hundredth from a 0.31 to a 0.30 on Comedy Central, while TBS’ “Conan” ticked up two-hundredths from a 0.23 to a 0.25.
This is a listing of American network television programs currently airing or have aired during late night.
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Focused on the laughter, this being a comedy and all.
Eastern Time slot; on ABC, the newsmagazine Nightline serves as the lead-out to Jimmy Kimmel Live! For a brief time in fall 2009, NBC followed a significantly different model in September 2009, following severe losses of audience for its scripted dramas.
Jay Leno, formerly the host of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise, had moved his show to p.m.
, which finishes taping about an hour before it is broadcast, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which airs live after events of major importance.
The fact that this limits accurate coverage of the latest news cycle is sometimes the source of ironic humor or notable delays (for instance, the death of Michael Jackson, a frequent butt of late night jokes, on the afternoon of June 25, 2009 came after all but Kimmel had taped their shows, and as such, Kimmel was the only one to mention it that night). network, aired only one day of late night programming (Saturday) starting at p.m.
Late night television in the United States is the block of television programming airing after p.m. Traditionally, this type of programming airs after the late local news and is most notable for being the daypart used for a particular genre of programming that falls somewhere between a variety show and a talk show.