The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

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The Late Late Show
with Craig Ferguson
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson logo.jpg
Also known asThe Late Late Show (franchise brand)
Created byDavid Letterman
Written byJonathan Morano
Ted Mulkerin
Lynn Ferguson
Philip McGrade
Joe O'Brien
Bob Oschack
John Reynolds
Ben Stout
Tom Straw
Joe Strazzulo
Craig Ferguson
Directed byTim Mancinelli
Brian McAloon (2005–2012)
Presented byCraig Ferguson
Narrated byShadoe Stevens
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes2,058 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)David Letterman
Peter Lassally
Producer(s)Michael Naidus
Location(s)CBS Television City
Los Angeles, California
Running time39 to 40 minutes without commercials
Production company(s)Worldwide Pants Incorporated
CBS Productions (2005–2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–2009)
CBS Television Studios (2009–2014)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV) (2005–2009)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2009–2014)
Original runJanuary 3, 2005 (2005-01-03) – December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn
Followed byThe Late Late Show with James Corden
Related showsLate Show with David Letterman
External links
Website
 
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The Late Late Show
with Craig Ferguson
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson logo.jpg
Also known asThe Late Late Show (franchise brand)
Created byDavid Letterman
Written byJonathan Morano
Ted Mulkerin
Lynn Ferguson
Philip McGrade
Joe O'Brien
Bob Oschack
John Reynolds
Ben Stout
Tom Straw
Joe Strazzulo
Craig Ferguson
Directed byTim Mancinelli
Brian McAloon (2005–2012)
Presented byCraig Ferguson
Narrated byShadoe Stevens
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes2,058 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)David Letterman
Peter Lassally
Producer(s)Michael Naidus
Location(s)CBS Television City
Los Angeles, California
Running time39 to 40 minutes without commercials
Production company(s)Worldwide Pants Incorporated
CBS Productions (2005–2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–2009)
CBS Television Studios (2009–2014)
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV) (2005–2009)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2009–2014)
Original runJanuary 3, 2005 (2005-01-03) – December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn
Followed byThe Late Late Show with James Corden
Related showsLate Show with David Letterman
External links
Website

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is an American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson, who was the third regular host of the Late Late Show franchise. It followed Late Show with David Letterman in the CBS late-night lineup, airing weekdays in the U.S. at 12:37 a.m. It was taped in front of a live studio audience from Monday to Friday at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California, directly above the Bob Barker Studio (Studio 33). It was produced by David Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated and CBS Television Studios. The show lasted from 2005 to 2014.

Since becoming host on January 3, 2005, after Craig Kilborn and Tom Snyder, Ferguson achieved the highest ratings since the show's inception in 1995. While the majority of the episodes focused on comedy, Ferguson also addressed difficult subject matter, such as the deaths of his parents, and undertook serious interviews, such as one with Desmond Tutu, which earned the show a 2009 Peabody Award.[1]

On April 28, 2014, Ferguson announced that he was ending the show at the end of the year. The last episode aired on December 19, 2014.[2] Afterwards, Late Late Show began a series of episodes with guest hosts;[3] new permanent host James Corden is scheduled to begin his iteration of the franchise in late March 2015.

Show format[edit]

The show starts with a cold open which consists of a short monologue—at times featuring Ferguson, along with Geoff, his robot sidekick, and Secretariat, a pantomime horse, interacting with a member of the studio audience. The opening occasionally features a pre-taped bit.[4] The cold open is followed by the opening credits and a commercial break.

Following the break and his introduction by announcer Shadoe Stevens, Ferguson begins with "Welcome to Los Angeles, California, welcome to the Late Late Show, I am your host, TV's Craig Ferguson"; this is soon followed by "It's a great day for America, everybody!" and a free-form, largely ad-libbed monologue. After another commercial break, Ferguson is seated behind his desk, where he usually reads and responds to viewer e-mail and (since February 2010[5]) Tweets; sometimes during this segment, he will have a guest star with him. He calls his Twitter followers his "robot skeleton army."[6]

Generally, one or two celebrities are interviewed; Ferguson starts each by dramatically ripping up note cards written for the interview, "signalling to the audience, and to the guest, that this conversation need not be rigidly managed."[7] Sometimes a stand-up comedian or a musical guest performs, the latter of which is typically pre-taped.[8]

Ferguson has many running gags. These have included themed weeks such as "Crab Week", "Magic Week" and "Shark Week",[9] "Dear Aquaman" (in which Ferguson dresses as the superhero and gives advice), a "photo of Paul McCartney" joke (wherein Ferguson will call for a photo of McCartney, which is actually a photo of actress Angela Lansbury and vice versa); the show often uses variations of this gag featuring other pairs of look-alike celebrities, such as Cher being shown as Marilyn Manson.[10]

The show ends with "What Did We Learn on the Show Tonight, Craig?", a segment that starts with an animation of a kitten and in which Ferguson "removes his tie, puts his feet on his desk, and summarizes the preceding hour of TV."[11]

Production milestones[edit]

Intertitle from the show's original opening credits.

Ferguson's first show as host was on January 3, 2005. For approximately the first two months, he continued his predecessor's monologue format, reading 5–10 jokes from cue cards.[8] He would ad-lib between the jokes, and soon noticed that the "stuff in-between" got the most reaction from his audience; after that realization, he decided he and his writers would stop writing jokes.[8]

By May 2006, Studio 58, the CBS Television City venue from which the show is taped, had been updated with a digital broadcast Solid State Logic mixing console, needed for 5.1 Channel Surround.[12][13]

A new set debuted on the July 24, 2006 episode.[citation needed] It included a miniature CBS dirigible that floated along over the backdrop depicting Los Angeles. In the week of March 17, 2008, The Late Late Show debuted a new set featuring a desk/interview area on a raised platform; the backdrop was also changed to a detailed representation of Los Angeles.[citation needed]

When the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike began, the show went into reruns. It resumed production on January 2, 2008 after Worldwide Pants and the WGA came to an agreement.[14][15]

In 2008, Worldwide Pants Incorporated signed a product placement deal with Ford to promote the Ford Flex during The Late Late Show. Eight episodes ("with one repeat") of the show included custom-written skits in which Ferguson played the leader of a Scottish rap band called The Highlanderz (consisting of Angus "Big Ginger" Ferguson, Philip "The Howler" McGrade, and Shannon "Bubbles" McGee), riding in a Flex as they traveled from Los Angeles International Airport to the CBS Studio.[16] The skits were shown on successive Thursdays starting on September 4.[17]

On August 31, 2009, the show began broadcasting in high definition, featuring a refitted studio and production facilities, along with a new show logo, new lights, an opening title sequence that "features Ferguson in iconic Los Angeles locations", and a new arrangement of the show's theme song.[19]

Craig Ferguson press conference

Ferguson's initial contract as host was for six years, until the end of 2010; as of August 2007 he was telling television critics he might not be interested in a contract renewal,[8] though by February 2008, he was publicly professing his loyalty to David Letterman, saying "I will sit behind Dave as long as he sits there."[20]

December 15, 2009 marked his 1,000th episode as host. For the occasion puppets took over the show;[21] Ferguson conducted the entire show as his puppet Wavy Ranchero, and recurring sketches also featured puppet replacements. Guests, which were not puppets, included Kristen Bell, Maria Bello, and Jason Schwartzman. Jason Segel also made an appearance as his muppet Dracula, performing a musical number with band The Broken West.[22][23]

On March 31, 2010, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Georgia announced that the Late Late Show had won the Peabody Award for Excellence in Television for its "Evening with Archbishop Desmond Tutu" episode.[24] According to the Peabody Board, "the Scottish-born Ferguson has made late-night television safe again for ideas."[25]

On April 3, 2012, CBS announced Ferguson agreed to a contract extension through 2014. As part of the deal, CBS will co-produce the show with Worldwide Pants and CBS Television Studios and the show will move to a bigger studio.[26] Although financial terms were not disclosed, the extension likely included a raise beyond what Variety reported had been his $13 million salary.[27]

Final seasons and departure[edit]

Following the departure of Jay Leno from The Tonight Show and the late night shake-up at NBC, both Late Show and The Late Late Show struggled in the ratings against Jimmy Fallon and his successor at 12:30, Late Night with Seth Meyers. In April 2014, Letterman announced his plans to retire. CBS passed over Ferguson to choose Stephen Colbert as the new host of Late Show beginning sometime in 2015, reportedly viewing Ferguson as too much of a niche performer to succeed Letterman. Ferguson's contract, which expired in June 2014[28][29][30][31] stipulated that he was Letterman's successor at 11:30 and that if he was not given the position, he would be paid compensation of as much as US$10,000,000.[32] Letterman's contract included the right to control the time slot that follows his and produce the Late Late Show and it was his production company, Worldwide Pants, which selected Ferguson as host and with whom his contracts were negotiated. With Letterman's departure, CBS would become the sole producer of the show and it is the network which determines what is done with the time slot and with which any contract is negotiated.[32] CBS had been ambiguous in regard to Ferguson's future as host of The Late Late Show. CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves said in an interview “12:30 is up in the air... Obviously, we’re considering all sorts of candidates and women are among them. A woman would be great in late night.”[33] However, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said that the CBS management are "big fans of Craig" and that "Craig is here and doing his show at 12.30am, and we love having him there."[34]

Chelsea Handler had reportedly begun negotiations to take over hosting of The Late Late Show when Ferguson's contract expires;[35] however, both Handler and CBS later denied this, saying she was in fact in negotiations with CBS' syndication arm for a daytime show.[36][37] John Oliver was also reportedly approached by CBS as a possible Late Late Show host prior to his signing a contract with HBO,[38] as were Neil Patrick Harris[39] and James Corden.[40]

On April 28, 2014, Ferguson announced he would leave the show in December 2014.[2] He had made the decision prior to Letterman's announcement but agreed to delay making his own decision public until the reaction to Letterman's decision had died down.[41][note 1] He had also originally intended to leave in the summer of 2014 but agreed to stay until the end of the year to give CBS more time to find a successor.[42] In a statement following his announcement, Tassler said that in his decade as host, Ferguson had "infused the broadcast with tremendous energy, unique comedy, insightful interviews and some of the most heartfelt monologues seen on television."[43] In an interview with Larry King, Ferguson stated that the final episode of The Late Late Show with him as host would air December 19, 2014.[44]

In September 2014, comedian James Corden was announced as host of the The Late Late Show with James Corden, beginning in 2015.[45] In November 2014, CBS announced Jay Leno would be Ferguson's guest on his final show; during December "notable friends of the show" scheduled for appearances in December included Kristen Bell, Steve Carell, Jon Hamm, Rashida Jones, Mila Kunis, Thomas Lennon, Tim Meadows (whose 41 appearances set the show's record), Jim Parsons, Michael Sheen, Ariel Tweto, Betty White, and Henry Winkler.[46]

Ferguson's final episode started with the usual cold open, but this time showing a montage of friends from the show while they performed Dead Man Fall's song "Bang Your Drum."

Cameos included: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick (plus dog Lily), Jack Black, Kristen Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Carell, Don Cheadle, Kristin Chenoweth, Marion Cotillard, Tenacious D, Jeff Daniels, Ted Danson, Kat Dennings, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Carl Edwards, Cedric the Entertainer, Jon Hamm, Sean Hayes, Samuel L. Jackson, Rashida Jones, Toby Keith, Jimmy Kimmel, Mila Kunis, Lisa Kudrow, Jane Lynch, Justin Long, James Marsden, Matthew McConaughey, Mary McCormack, Joel McHale, Tim Meadows, Metallica, Kunal Nayyar, Geoff Peterson, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, Bob Saget, William Shatner, Michael Sheen, Quentin Tarantino, Josh Robert Thompson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Henry Winkler, Shailene Woodley, Weird Al Yankovic, Larry King, Angela Kinsey, Betty White, Thomas Lennon and various friends.[47][48] The pre-taped montage segued to the studio with Ferguson continuing the song backed by the occasional semi-house band Bone Patrol, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones[49] a full choir, various celebrities, musicians and friends of the show.[48]

The monologue began with a short time lapse of Craig coming out to start show through the last 10 years, starting on his first day (January 3, 2005) to his last. Craig thanked his comedic partner Josh Robert Thompson, the viewers, the crew, and explained:

"Over the years, going with this show out and around, or going and doing stand-up with Josh, I've come into contact with a lot of people who are viewers of this show, and although I said my goodbyes to the crew, the people who made this show are you. You came to a show that, lets be honest, a bit of a fixer upper. It kind of stayed that way, but what I hope we've done ... maybe art is a very grand word, but I think what we managed to do here is make something that wasn't here before. So in that sense maybe it is a piece of art, it didn't exist and now it does. What we've done here, it doesn't go away because I stopped doing it, we stop doing this and we start doing something else ... maybe ... later, or maybe I go away and this is it! But I think what was more overwhelming than anything else in the experience of doing this show was making a connection with a country which I became a part of, which is astonishing to me. Even in the course of this show I became an American, officially and particularly for my friends at the IRS, I am now a fully fledged American. However, what I can't be is a member of a club, which I didn't really ask to join, I wanted to do this show ... and now we've done this show, and if you will indulge me in whatever I'm doing now and come to whatever I do next I'd be very grateful, because my kids are still young."

After reading his last Tweets & E-mails and doing his final interview with guest Jay Leno, the show ended with his final segment: What Did We Learn on the Show Over the Last 10 Years Craig? Craig tells Geoff he wants to finally find out who the real identity of Secretariat is. Asked to lift up his mask, it's revealed to be Bob Newhart. Craig asks, "Bob Newhart?! What are you doing here?" To which he replies, "Hey man it's your dream." Craig wakes up next to Drew Carey as Nigel Wick and proceed to spoof the finales of Newhart (the show was all a dream), St. Elsewhere (he imagined it all from a snowglobe) and The Sopranos (cut to black with Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'").[50][51][52]

Show elements[edit]

Cold open[edit]

Ferguson starts with a cold open, which is a two-minute segment before the first commercials, theme song, and actual show. Originally it was a miniature monologue and to talk about the guests on the show. Over time, this segment has expanded to include short skits and musical sessions often involving puppets, and occasional interaction with members of the studio audience. In actual practice, the cold open is the second segment presented when the show is recorded at the CBS studios. The open is actually recorded after the monologue but aired before it, something Ferguson originally thinly disguised, but now openly mocks.

On November 22, 2010, Ferguson opened the show with evidence that a French talk show called Ce Soir Avec Arthur had stolen his show's opening sequence, as well as some of his puppet and song-and-dance concepts.[53] On November 30, 2010, Ferguson introduced Arthur in the cold opening of the show; they joked back and forth for about two minutes, and then Arthur returned to help Ferguson answer viewer e-mails and again at the end of the show.[54]

Theme song[edit]

When he was hired as the full-time replacement for Craig Kilborn, Ferguson co-wrote and recorded a theme song. The theme tune was re-recorded for the show's switch to HD, premiering on August 31, 2009 and produced by Andy "Stoker" Growcott. Besides when the show traveled (i.e. Paris, Scotland, New Orleans), the lyrics to this theme were the same during the entire 10 year run.

Sidekicks[edit]

Geoff Peterson[edit]

Geoff Peterson
Main article: Geoff Peterson

On April 5, 2010, Ferguson began featuring a robot skeleton sidekick, Geoff Peterson. The concept was inspired, in part, by Ferguson's habit of referring to his Twitter followers as his "Robot Skeleton Army".[citation needed] The robot was created by Mythbuster Grant Imahara.[55] According to a web article by Jeremy Kaplan, when Imahara became aware of Ferguson's idea to have a robot sidekick he responded with a March 1, 2010 tweet,

"@CraigyFerg I hear you are looking for a robot sidekick. I think I can help... for a price: get me 100,000 [Twitter followers]. If you can."[56]

Ferguson subsequently came through with the followers and Imahara came through with the robot.

Ferguson has said that the robot is "my metaphor for deconstructing the dead art form of the late night talk show", and that he selected the name because of its commonness.[57] Ferguson has jokingly referred to Geoff as an "appliance" who is being used because the show's small budget does not permit a typical/living sidekick or band.[55] But as the years progessed, mainly due to Thompson's performance, even Ferguson would admit that Geoff Peterson came to fully embody the very sidekick cliche that they intended to mock.[58]

Geoff has a running "feud" with recurring guest Kristen Bell, who claims that she had wanted to be Craig's sidekick and was upset when Geoff was selected.[59]

While Geoff began with pre-recorded phrases, Josh Robert Thompson has voiced him live in studio for almost every episode since late June 2011,[60] including those filmed in Paris, France and Scotland. Three people are often given screen credit at the end of the show as being responsible for Geoff: Imahara, writer Tom Straw (and later Bob Oschack), and voice actor Thompson.[61][not in citation given]

Secretariat[edit]

Secretariat

Secretariat is a pantomime horse which first appeared on October 11, 2010, as a joke reference to the Disney film Secretariat. By December 2010, he had become a regular on the show.

Secretariat has appeared in some sketches, including one on January 7, 2011, when a clip was shown of Secretariat traveling to New York City to deliver a Christmas present to Jimmy Fallon, who competed against Ferguson in the same time slot on NBC. In the clip, Secretariat makes appearances on Live with Regis and Kelly, The View, CBS News (where Katie Couric did the Secretariat Dance), and Late Show with David Letterman.[62]

When Ferguson hosted the show from Paris, France during the week of August 1, 2011, Secretariat played a role in several locations. He again accompanied the show during its week of programs taped in Scotland, airing in summer 2012. Secretariat also appeared in several background shots of ESPN remote shows during the show's visit to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.

A following has been built around the false horse, with multiple fan pages existing on Facebook,[63] and several websites selling Team Secretariat T-Shirts.[64][65][66][67] The people playing Secretariat were Joseph Bolter and Ryan McGowan.[68]

Impersonations and characters[edit]

Impersonations and sketch characters frequently done by Ferguson on the show include Prince Charles (usually hosting "The Rather Late Programme"), Wilford Brimley, Sean Connery, Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II, Andy Rooney, Aquaman, Michael Caine, David Bowie, Elton John, Bono, Mitt Romney. He claims that he developed his imitation of Caine after an eight-hour long plane ride on which he sat behind Caine, who "gabbed" with his wife the entire trip.[citation needed]

Less frequent impersonations include Dr Phil, Simon Cowell, Kim Jong-il, Mick Jagger, Morgan Freeman, Regis Philbin, Angela Lansbury (as "Jessica Fletcher" on Murder, She Wrote), Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Larry King ("of the Jungle"), Arnold Schwarzenegger, and J.K. Rowling.[citation needed]

Puppets[edit]

Beginning in 2008, the show began incorporating puppets in the cold open; many were given to Ferguson by Folkmanis Puppets.[21] Ferguson stated in an interview with Playboy magazine that the impetus behind starting to do the puppets is hearing an episode of Jonesy's Jukebox during his drive in to work where "The Lonely Goatherd" was played. Upon arriving he decided to lip synch the song on air that night using some hand puppets that were already on hand.[69] The cloth puppets have been phased out of the series since its move to the new studio in the fall of 2012, and are no longer featured in the show's new opening that premiered in September 2013, but marionettes of Drew Carey and Morgan Freeman have been used frequently in cold opens during the fall of 2013.

Puppets used on air include:

  • Sid: A cute, yet vulgar white rabbit.
  • Wavy Rancheros: A crocodile with a Cajun accent prone to waving his left hand at the audience (hence his name), Wavy "hosted" the show's 1,000th episode.
  • The Pig/Gustave Flaubert: Used during the initial outbreak of swine flu,[citation needed] a pig with sideburns and a tuft of hair who has a "contempt for the bourgeoisie".
  • Kronos: A monkey who wears a bellhop's uniform and claims to be from another planet.
  • Brian: A shark with a wonderful singing voice.
  • Punxsutawney Phil: A groundhog that speaks in a German accent.
  • Sebastian Trousers: A wolf objecting to the portrayals of wolves in the movies.
  • George: A slow talking French snail.
  • Craig Ferguson: A highly satirized version of the host, with a giant Liza Minnelli cut-out for the head. Voiced by Josh Robert Thompson in scenes with Craig portraying Tiny Drew Carey
  • Evangeline: A female ferret with a deep, male voice who is on steroids in preparation for the Olympics.
  • Sandra Peterson, a remote-controlled rhino head that hangs over the fireplace; originally voiced by Dana DeLorenzo[70] (who also portrayed "Beth", a bespectacled "CBS executive"), Sandra "returned" in 2014, voiced and operated by Josh Robert Thompson[71][note 2]
  • Tiny Drew Carey: A small marionette of Drew Carey (though the body and head reflect Carey before his weight loss in 2010). A miniature desk is sometimes featured for Tiny Drew Carey to "sit" behind.
  • Morgan Freeman: A large Morgan Freeman marionette who usually interacts with Tiny Drew Carey; voiced by Josh Robert Thompson.
  • In one episode, Lauren Graham operated Nadine, a cat puppet, which appeared to have a romantic relationship with Wavy.[72]

Musical performances[edit]

The Late Late Show tapes musical performances separately from the rest of the show. For example, the noise rock band No Age was videotaped on October 2, 2008 for an appearance scheduled to air October 27. That performance was also the subject of an equal-time rule controversy in which guitarist Randy Randall was not allowed to wear a pro-Barack Obama T-shirt. Randall, not wanting to cancel the appearance, chose instead to turn the T-shirt inside out.[73]

Interview ending activities[edit]

In 2010, Ferguson began ending interviews by offering the guest a choice of activities. The choices are:

Golden Mouth Organ winnerDateReference
Billy ConnollyDecember 17, 2010[74]
David PogueFebruary 3, 2011[75]
Jennifer OuelletteFebruary 11, 2011[76]
Hugh LaurieMarch 2, 2011[77]
Neil Patrick HarrisMarch 3, 2011[78]
Larry Scotsman Johnson (Audience member)March 31, 2011[79]
Kevin BaconJune 10, 2011[80]
Zooey DeschanelJuly 14, 2011[81]
Jim CummingsJuly 14, 2011[82]
John GoodmanJuly 22, 2011[83]
Jayma MaysJuly 22, 2011[84]
William H. MacyJuly 26, 2011[85]
Ewan McGregorNovember 15, 2011[86]
Wilford BrimleyNovember 23, 2011[87]
Eric IdleFebruary 27, 2012[88]
Dr. Mehmet OzFebruary 28, 2012[89]
Phil PlaitFebruary 29, 2012[90]
Steven TylerMay 9, 2012[91]
Andy GarcíaJune 13, 2012[92]
David Robinson (Audience member)August 1, 2012[93]
Adam SavageAugust 1, 2012[93]
Tom HanksNovember 30, 2012[94]

Ratings[edit]

In 2006, clips of The Late Late Show began appearing on the video sharing website YouTube. Subsequently, Ferguson's ratings "grew seven percent (or by 100,000 viewers)."[96]

During the week ending March 31, 2006, The Late Late Show attracted an average of 1.9 million total viewers,[97] a number that increased to 2.0 million a year later.[98]

During the week ending April 4, 2008, The Late Late Show attracted an average of 1.88 million total viewers; that week, for the first time since Ferguson began hosting, the show's "five-night week of original head-to-head broadcasts", which was later discovered to actually be four nights due to a difference in title,[99] drew a larger audience than Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[100] Reuters noted that "Ferguson's bigger accomplishment seems to be that he has merely lost fewer viewers this season, with his total audience slipping 12% from a year ago, compared with a 24% drop for O'Brien"; the year-to-year decline in viewership was attributed to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.[100]

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson encountered new competition in March 2009, the first night of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. During Fallon's first week, the new show averaged 2.4 million viewers, a half million more viewers than Ferguson's show.[101] Fallon maintained his lead over Ferguson during the show's second week, but by March 16, The Late Late Show had attracted a larger audience.[102] In July 2009, Ferguson led Late Night in total viewers by a 25% margin.[103] On September 22, 2009, the night Ferguson followed the Letterman interview of President Obama, his audience reached 3.24 million, the show's biggest ever; Ferguson attracted two million viewers more than Jimmy Fallon and almost a million more than Conan O'Brien attracted an hour earlier.[104] By the end of 2009, The Late Late Show topped Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in the ratings with a 1.8 rating/6 share and 1.6 rating/6 share, respectively.[105]

By May 2010, Late Late Show and Late Night were roughly tied in the ratings, with Ferguson leading in total viewers (1.7 million compared to 1.6 million for Fallon) and Fallon having a narrow edge in ratings.[106]

During November sweeps in 2011, The Late Late Show was third in late-late night broadcasting; its 1.7 million views were well ahead of Last Call with Carson Daly but behind the 2 million viewers of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the 1.8 million viewers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[107]

The 2012 November sweeps saw Jimmy Kimmel Live! edge ahead of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with 2.1 million total viewers, compared to Fallon's 1.75 million and Ferguson's 1.6 million.[108]

Notable episodes[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson aired in Australia on Eleven, first premiering on January 11, 2011.[138][139]

In Canada, the series aired on Omni Television.[140]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ferguson in his cold open for the April 28 broadcast noted that it was "my decision to go. This is not Jay [Leno] and Conan [O'Brien] at NBC, this is not Jay and Dave [Letterman] all these years ago, it's not that." Several unofficial uploads of the video are available at YouTube.
  2. ^ The character's return occurred during a Tweets and E-mails segment in January. Unofficial videos have been uploaded to YouTube.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: An Evening with Archbishop Desmond Tutu (CBS)". Peabody Awards. May 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Goldberg, Leslie (April 28, 2014). "Craig Ferguson to Exit CBS' 'Late Late Show'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Zuckerman, Esther (November 26, 2014). "'Late Late Show' guest hosts to include Drew Carey, Judd Apatow, and John Mayer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Late Late Show Video — The Late Late Show". CBS.com. November 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-05. [dead link]
  5. ^ "With @CraigyFerg, Craig Ferguson leaps into the Twitter fray". The Christian Science Monitor. February 9, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  6. ^ Weilage, Mary (February 12, 2010). "Video: Craig Ferguson's Twitter followers and his robot-skeleton army". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  7. ^ a b Bianculli, David (March 2009). "Late-Night TV Chess: Thanks to a Bishop, Craig Ferguson Is King". TV Worth Watching. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Craig Ferguson a standout at standup". St. Petersburg Times. August 16, 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  9. ^ Shark Week was apparently a reference to Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, and that channel, saying that Ferguson has always loved Shark Week, scheduled him for an appearance on August 4, 2010. "Happy SHARK WEEK, SHARK BITES: ADVENTURES IN SHARK WEEK" (Press release). Discovery.com. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  10. ^ e.g. "Do we have a picture of Cher?"[dead link] from cbs.com
  11. ^ Bianculli, David (March 2009). "Late-Night TV Chess: Thanks to a Bishop, Craig Ferguson Is King". TV Worth Watching. Retrieved 2009-09-01. The show actually ended, as usual these days, with "What Did We Learn on the Show Tonight, Craig?", a segment in which the host removes his tie, shoes and socks and puts his barefeet on his desk, and summarizes the preceding hour of TV. 
  12. ^ "SSL Console Installed in CBS Studio 58". Mix (magazine). May 17, 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-01. First and foremost, we were looking for a digital console that was 5.1-capable....[and one that would] interface with the rest of the building digitally through our digital routers and digital tape machines. We also wanted a lot of inputs without a tremendous footprint for the console. 
  13. ^ SSL's C100, Broadcast Engineering, August 2006, retrieved 2011-04-03 [dead link]
  14. ^ Finke, Nikki (2007-12-28). "WGA Agrees To Allow Dave's Late Night Shows To Return With Writers Jan. 2; Will This Divide The Guild?". Deadline Hollywood Daily (LA Weekly). 
  15. ^ "Letterman to return with writers". BBC. 2007-12-29. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  16. ^ "The Late Late Show — The Highlanderz New Music Video". CBS. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2010-01-21. [dead link]
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