List of late-night American network TV programs

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This is a listing of American network television programs currently airing or have aired during late night. Late night programming begins at 11:35 pm Eastern/Pacific Times, after network affiliates' late local news. On Fox and cable, late night starts at 11:00 pm ET/PT.

Network names:

  • Broadcast networks: ABC, American Broadcasting Company; CBS, Columbia Broadcasting System; DuMont, DuMont Television Network; Fox, Fox Broadcasting Company; NBC, National Broadcasting Company; PBS, Public Broadcasting Service
  • Cable channels: TBS, Turner Broadcasting System; Comedy: Comedy Central


All times Eastern/Pacific—see time zone feeds for explanation.

Show Network Time Days
Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC 11:35pm Mon–Fri
Nightline ABC 12:35am Mon–Fri
Late Show with David Letterman CBS 11:35pm Mon–Fri
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson CBS 12:37am Mon–Fri
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon NBC 11:35pm Mon–Fri
Late Night with Seth Meyers NBC 12:35am Mon–Fri
Last Call with Carson Daly NBC 1:35am Mon–Fri
Saturday Night Live NBC 11:30pm Saturday
Conan TBS 11:00pm Mon–Thurs
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central 11:00pm Mon–Thurs
The Colbert Report Comedy Central 11:30pm Mon–Thurs
@midnight Comedy Central 12:00am Mon–Thurs
The Arsenio Hall Show syndication Varies Mon–Fri
Chelsea Lately E! 11:00pm Mon–Thurs
Watch What Happens: Live BRAVO 11:00pm Sun–Thurs
Tavis Smiley PBS Varies Mon–Fri
Charlie Rose PBS 11:00pm Mon–Fri
Inside Comedy Showtime 11:00pm Monday
Animation Domination High Definition Fox 11:00pm Saturday



  • The Les Crane Show, November 1964 – February 1965. Interview format with audience questions.
  • ABC's Nightlife, February–November 1965 (Rotating hosts originally; Les Crane returned as host June 1965). Tonight Show-type talk/variety format.
  • The Joey Bishop Show, April 1967 – December 1969.
  • The Dick Cavett Show, December 1969 – December 1972.
  • ABC Late Night, January 1973 – October 1982. Originally titled Wide World of Entertainment, ABC aired a variety of comedy variety programs, talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett and Jack Paar, concerts, documentaries and specials. In 1976, the umbrella title was changed to ABC Late Night, which aired reruns of ABC's prime time shows like Soap, The Love Boat and Starsky and Hutch.
  • Goodnight America, 1975. Hosted by Geraldo Rivera.
  • Fridays, April 1980 – April 1982.
  • The Last Word, October 1982 – April 1983. Hosted by Phil Donahue and Greg Jackson.
  • Eye on Hollywood, August 1983 – July 1986.
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, July 1986 – September 1986. Aired simultaneously on ABC and in syndication.
  • The Dick Cavett Show, September–December 1986. Aired Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Jimmy Breslin's People. September 1986 – January 1987. Aired on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Monday Sportsnite, June–August 1987. Hosted by Al Trautwig and airing on Monday nights.
  • Into the Night Starring Rick Dees, July 1990 – July 1991
  • ABC In Concert, June 1991 – September 1998. Aired Friday nights.
  • ABC In Concert Country, June 1994 – August 1994. Aired Saturday nights.
  • Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, 1997 – July 2002 (moved from Comedy Central).
  • Nightline Up Close, July 2002–January 2003. Ted Koppel hosted filmed interviews from ABC News.


  • The Merv Griffin Show, August 1969 – February 1972.
  • The CBS Late Movie, February 1972 – January 1989. In 1985, title changed to CBS Late Night.
  • CBS News Nightwatch, October 1982 – March 1992
  • Keep on Cruisin', January–June 1987. Hosted by Stephen Bishop and Sinbad. Produced by Dick Clark and aired on Friday Nights as part of CBS Late Night
  • In Person from the Palace, June–August 1987. Produced by Dick Clark and aired on Friday Nights. The show featured taped concerts from the Palace Theater of Hollywood. Aired as a part of CBS Late Night.
  • Top of the Pops, September 1987 – March 1988. Based on the British show, hosted by Nia Peeples and aired on Friday Nights as part as CBS Late Night.
  • The Pat Sajak Show, January 1989 – April 1990.
  • CBS Late Night, February 1990 – March 1991. Returned after The Pat Sajak Show was cut back to an hour long show.
  • Overtime...with Pat O'Brien, August 1990. Only 3 episodes aired and was part of CBS Late Night
  • America Tonight, October 1990 – March 1991. CBS News and interview show hosted by Dan Rather, Charles Kuralt and Lesley Stahl.
  • America Tonight Friday, October 1990 – March 1991. Friday edition hosted by Robert Krulwich and Edie Magnus.
  • The Midnight Hour, July–September 1990. A talk show with rotating hosts including, Joy Behar, CBS This Morning weatherman Mark McEwen, and Bill Maher. Aired as part of CBS Late Night.
  • Crimetime After Primetime, April 1991 – January 1995.
  • Personals, September 1991 – December 1992. Game show where one person would choose from three potential dates. After a series of yes or no questions in the final round, the winning couple could go to exotic locations. However, the more they disagreed the worse the destination got. On the bottom of list was a trip to Pink's Hot Dogs Stand.
  • Night Games, October 1991 – June 1992. Dating show where three men and three women would be asked questions with sexual innuendo. The winning contestant had the choice of who he or she could take on a date.
  • The Kids in the Hall, September 1992 – January 1995. Aired on Fridays.
  • The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, January 1995 – March 1999
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, March 1999 – August 2004


  • Monodrama Theater, May 1952 – December 7, 1953. Series aired Monday through Friday at 11pm ET where a solo actress or actor performed plays alone in front of a curtain, in a form of monodrama.
  • The Ernie Kovacs Show, April 12, 1954 – April 7, 1955. The DuMont version of this show aired Monday through Friday 11:15pm to 12:15am ET, and ended as the network began to close down.




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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. Also not included are talk shows meant for daytime airing which air in late night slots in many markets due to either timeslot failure or a lack of a prime timeslot.