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'Tonight Show,' 'Late Night,' and '@midnight' Score Strong Ratings

Proof that @midnight is on a steady rise now extends beyond all the glowing reviews and to the show's ratings, which Deadline reports have been on the rise since the show's return to its 40-week renewal in January. Despite the blockbuster late night episodes on NBC last week with Fallon's turn at The Tonight Show, @midnight enjoyed its highest-rated week ever with an average of 731,000 total viewers and barely beat out Comedy Central high ratings stalwart The Daily Show as the #1 cable talk show of the week with younger viewers. @midnight's second highest rated week was during Jay Leno's final week on The Tonight Show [...]

'@midnight' Is Doing a Little Better than 'Pete Holmes Show' in the Ratings So Far

Two new shows launched in the same midnight timeslot during the last two weeks, and the rating are in for the initial episodes of Comedy Central's Chris Hardwick-fronted game show @midnight and TBS's The Pete Holmes Show. Last week, @midnight debuted to 549,992 total viewers and 260,876 adults 18-49, while Pete Holmes' first episode this week to 407,000 total viewers and 245,000 adults 18-49.

That said, @midnight benefits from having a stronger lead-in in The Colbert Report (628,000 in the 18-49 demo) compared to Pete Holmes's lead-in, Conan (482,000 in 18-49).

While both hosts are technically competing in the ratings, they've been friends for years and don't see it that way (Holmes even has [...]

Talking to Chris Hardwick About His New Game Show ‘@midnight’, Post-Shows, and His Unmitigated Positivity

Chris Hardwick, king of the Nerdist empire and TV’s most prolific host, brings his infectious enthusiasm to Comedy Central tonight with a new late night game show, @midnight. It premieres at… well, midnight, right after the channel’s dominant Daily Show/Colbert Report block. Produced by Funny or Die with Reno 911!’s Tom Lennon and Ben Garant serving as executive producers, the show pits a rotating lineup of Hardwick’s favorite comics — among them Doug Benson, Natasha Leggero, June Diane Raphael, James Adomian, Ron Funches, and Rob Delaney — against one another in lampooning the silliest, most bizarre social media events of the day. It’s billed as “the ultimate Internet [...]

Chris Hardwick to Chat with 'Futurama's Creators and Cast Before and After the Series Finale

Futurama's series finale is airing on September 4th at 10pm, and in order to blow it out, Comedy Central has called in professional guy-who-talks-about-a-show-on-TV-immediately-after-it-airs, Chris Hardwick, to chat with series creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. The discussion will take place on Comedy Central's site and Nerdist's YouTube channel in two half-hour chunks at 9:30pm and 10:30pm, immediately before and after the airing of the finale. The creators will be joined by castmembers Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom. It'll be the last time they're all together, unless the show gets un-cancelled, which honestly wouldn't be all that shocking given the show's history.

Chris Hardwick to Host His Fourth TV Show: 'Talking Bad'

Comedian and podcaster Chris Hardwick is set to break some kind of record for hosting the most simultaneous TV shows at once. At Comic-Con this weekend, Hardwick was announced as the host of Talking Bad, the new half-hour after-show that will accompany the AMC drama's final season beginning August 11th. The network announced the show in May, but this is the first we've heard of Hardwick being the host. This marks the fourth current television show Hardwick is hosting, joining BBC America's The Nerdist, AMC's post-Walking Dead chat show Talking Dead, and Comedy Central's new 12am game show @Midnight, which is set to debut this fall. Somebody will [...]

How '@Midnight' Is Turning Its Internet Hook Into One of the Strongest Shows in Late Night

Considering the ever-expanding role that social media in our lives, it was only a matter of time before there was a television program named after a Twitter account. So when @midnight arrived in late October, it felt like a predictable Sign of the Times. What couldn't have been predicted, however, is how funny the show would be, or quickly it would find an audience. @midnight has only been on the air for eight weeks, and yet it already feels like an integral part of Comedy Central's lineup, having secured a 40-week renewal after strong ratings in its initial four-week run.

For the uninitiated, @midnight is a half-hour game show hosted by Chris Hardwick [...]

Watch Jimmy Fallon and Company Bowl Against the Nerdist Team

Here's a brand new episode of the Nerdist web series, All Star Celebrity Bowling, with Jimmy Fallon and his team facing off against Chris Hardwick and his. Fallon's team is made up of himself, his head writer A.D. Miles, bandleader Questlove, and announcer/sidekick Steve Higgins, whil Hardwick's team is him, musician Jonathan Coulton, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and comedian Seth Herzog. Putting an astrophysicist on your bowling team is kind of cheating.

'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Has the Most Amazingly Star-Studded Crew

Comedy Bang! Bang! returns again next week with the second half of its season, and host Scott Aukerman thought it was about time we got to meet some of the show's inimitable celebrity crew. Sometimes, show business really is glamorous.

Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Empire Adds a Comedy School

Comedian Chris Hardwick continues to tack on new enterprises to his ever-growing company, Nerdist Industries. What started as a podcast and a website in 2008 has since spawned a massive podcast network, a Los Angeles theater, a booka YouTube channel, a movie distribution wing, and three TV shows, and now Nerdist is adding a comedy school. Next month, Nerdist is set to open a Los Angeles school right down the street from Meltdown, the comic book shop that houses Nerdist's theater. The school will offer classes in improv, sketch comedy, TV writing, storytelling, and animation. The first courses will be a pair [...]

Chris Hardwick's Comedy Central Show Will Be Called '@Midnight' and It's a Game Show

Chris Hardwick revealed some new details about his upcoming Comedy Central late night show today. The comedian/podcaster tweeted this afternoon that the series will be called @Midnight and that it'll be a game show. Hardwick will be hosting live test shows at LA's NerdMelt Theater beginning next Tuesday. @Midnight is described as "a rapid-fire game show inspired by the darkest recesses of social media." It was previously announced that Funny or Die is producing the series, which has The State and Reno 911! masterminds Tom Lennon and Ben Garant serving as showrunners. @Midnight is set to premiere on Comedy Central this fall, airing at 12am (duh) Monday through Thursday after [...]

Comedy Central Picks Up '@midnight' For 40 More Weeks

It's not all bad news for cable late night shows this week. Comedy Central's new Chris Hardwick-hosted late night show @midnight has been doing really well since its debut, holding onto a solid chunk of its Stewart and Colbert lead-ins every night and sparking a ton of activity on Twitter via its great hashtag games. And that performance is being rewarded, as the network has decided to pick it up for a whopping 40-week run that'll start on January 6th.

The initial one-month trial run of @midnight ended last night, so there will be a bit of a hiatus throughout the holidays, and then it'll be back [...]

Comedy Central's '@midnight' Is Silly and Often Pretty Funny

The late night arena is now more cluttered than ever, with 17 comedy shows filling the airwaves every week between the hours of 11pm and 2am. Comedy Central added another show to the mix, @midnight, last night, expanding their hit Daily Show/Colbert Report late night block to 12:30am for the first time ever. At least @midnight stands apart from the growing herd of late night series in that it's not a talk show; it's a game show.

@midnight is hosted by Chris Hardwick, who in interviews and on the program is wary and self-mocking about audiences tiring of him hosting so many shows. At the top of the first [...]

Watch the 'Futurama' Pre- and Post-Finale Live Shows with the Cast and Crew

After seven seasons and 140 episodes, Futurama ended its run Wednesday night. The show's cast and crew sat down with the omnipresent Chris Hardwick for a pre- and post-finale chat in front of a live audience, and here are both of those. Hardwick is joined by creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, voice actors Phil LaMarr and Lauren Tom, and director Peter Avanzino for the pre-show (above), and for the post-show (below), he's with Groening and Cohen, voice actors Billy West and Maurice LaMarche, and producer Patric Verrone.

Watch a Clip from Chris Hardwick's 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' After-Show 'Comedy Talk! Talk!'

By 2015, Chris Hardwick will be hosting an "after-show" for an estimated 50% of TV shows on the air. Here's a fake one for Comedy Bang! Bang! called Comedy Talk! Talk!.