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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.
, American Broadcasting Company; ABC , Columbia Broadcasting System; CBS , DuMont Television Network; DuMont Fox, Fox Broadcasting Company; , National Broadcasting Company; NBC , Public Broadcasting Service PBS Cable channels:
, Turner Broadcasting System; TBS , Comedy Central; Comedy , Home Box Office; HBO , Bravo; Bravo , Showtime Showtime
Timeline of Popular Programs [ edit ]
Current [ edit ]
Eastern/ Pacific—see time zone feeds for explanation.
Upcoming [ edit ]
The , November 1964 – February 1965. Interview format with audience questions. Les Crane Show
ABC's Nightlife, February–November 1965 (Rotating hosts originally; Les Crane returned as host June 1965). Tonight Show-type talk/variety format.
, April 1967 – December 1969. The Joey Bishop Show
, December 1969 – December 1972. The Dick Cavett Show
ABC Late Night, January 1973 – October 1982. Originally titled , ABC aired a variety of comedy variety programs, talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett and Wide World of Entertainment 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 and The Love Boat . Starsky and Hutch
Goodnight America, 1975. Hosted by Geraldo Rivera.
, April 1980 – April 1982. Fridays
The Last Word, October 1982 – April 1983. Hosted by Phil Donahue and Greg Jackson.
Eye on Hollywood, August 1983 – July 1986.
, July 1986 – September 1986. Aired simultaneously on ABC and in Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous syndication.
The Dick Cavett Show, September–December 1986. Aired Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
. September 1986 – January 1987. Aired on Thursdays and Fridays. Jimmy Breslin's People
Monday Sportsnite, June–August 1987. Hosted by Al Trautwig and airing on Monday nights.
Into the Night Starring , July 1990 – July 1991 Rick Dees
, June 1991 – September 1998. Aired Friday nights. ABC In Concert
, June 1994 – August 1994. Aired Saturday nights. ABC In Concert Country
, 1997 – July 2002 (moved from Comedy Central). Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher
Nightline Up Close, July 2002–January 2003. Ted Koppel hosted filmed interviews from ABC News.
, August 1969 – February 1972. The Merv Griffin Show
February 1972 – January 1989. In 1985, title changed to The CBS Late Movie, CBS Late Night.
CBS News Nightwatch, October 1982 – March 1992. Hosted by Harold Dow, Christopher Glenn, Karen Stone, Felicia Jeter (1982–84), Charlie Rose (1984-1990), various (1990–92) [1 ]
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.
, September 1987 – March 1988. Based on the British show, hosted by Top of the Pops Nia Peeples and aired on Friday Nights as part as CBS Late Night.
, January 1989 – April 1990. The Pat Sajak Show
, February 1990 – March 1991. Returned after CBS Late Night The Pat Sajak Show was cut back to an hour long show.
Overtime...with , August 1990. Only 3 episodes aired and was part of Pat O'Brien 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.
, April 1991 – January 1995. Crimetime After Primetime
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.
, September 1992 – January 1995. Aired on Fridays. The Kids in the Hall
, January 1995 – March 1999 The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder
, March 1999 – August 2004 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn
, January 2005 – December 2014 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
, 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 Theater monodrama.
, 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. The Ernie Kovacs Show
, October 1986 – May 15, 1987 The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers
(various hosts), May 18, 1987 – December 8, 1988; January 11, 1988 – October 1988 The Late Show
, December 11, 1987 – January 8, 1988. The Wilton North Report
, August 1989 – January 1991. Aired on Saturday or Sunday evening depending on market. Comic Strip Live
, September–October 1993. The Chevy Chase Show
, January 1994 – August 1995. Aired on Saturday nights, Tales from the Crypt HBO series edited for broadcast standards.
, October 1995 – May 2009 MADtv
, April–May 1996. Aired on Saturday Nights, produced by Saturday Night Special . Roseanne Barr
, February–November 1992; continuation of the then- Saturday Night's Main Event WWF's broadcast wrestling showcase program.
, September 2006–May 2009, Saturdays only. Talkshow with Spike Feresten
, September 2009–May 2010. The Wanda Sykes Show
, October–December 2009. Sit Down, Shut Up Burn-off run of failed primetime series from previous season.
Various repeats May 2010–July 2013. Aired on Saturday nights, mainly primetime procedural reruns, same-week repeats of reality shows such as and episodes of the 2002 series Hell's Kitchen . 30 Seconds to Fame
, May 1950 – August 1951 Broadway Open House
Party Time at Club Roma, October 1950 – January 1951.
, September 1954 – January 1957 Tonight Starring Steve Allen
, January 1957 – July 1957 Tonight! America After Dark
, July 1957 – March 1962 Tonight Starring Jack Paar
, October 1962 – May 1992 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
, October 1973 – January 1982. Aired Monday through Thursday nights. The Tomorrow Show
, February 1973 – May 1981. Aired Friday nights. The Midnight Special
, October 1974 – April 1979. From NBC News, hosted by Weekend Lloyd Dobyns and joined by Linda Ellerbee in its final year. Aired about once a month in lieu of reruns. Moved to prime-time its final season. Saturday Night Live
, February 1982 – June 1993. Late Night with David Letterman
, July 1982 – December 1983. NBC News Overnight
, August 1988 – February 2001. Later
, July 1983 – December 2000 Friday Night Videos
, September 1993 – February 2009 Late Night with Conan O'Brien
, May 1985 – April 1992. Saturday Night's Main Event
, November 1991 – September 1998 NBC News Nightside
, January 2001 – August 2002 Late Friday
SCTV Network (reruns), February 2001 – 2002
, January 1, 2007 – September 23, 2011 Poker After Dark
, June 2009 – January 2010 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
, May 1992 – May 2009; March 2010 – February 2014 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
, March 2009 – February 2014 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
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 ) but were not expressly intended for late night audiences. Also not included are The Nighttime Price Is Right 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.
, 1962–1964. Unofficially known as "The Steve Allen Playhouse" to distinguish it from the prime time show of the same name. The Steve Allen Show
,1973–1981. Don Kirshner's Rock Concert
, 1975–1978. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
, 1977–1978. All That Glitters
/ Fernwood 2 Night , 1977–1978. America 2-Night
, September 11, 1978 to September 7, 1979. Hosted by The Love Experts Bill Cullen.
The , 1980–1998. Hosted by Uncle Floyd Show Floyd Vivino.
, 1983–1984. Hosted by Thicke of the Night Alan Thicke.
, Sunday nights, 1984 – March 2007. Hosted by sportscaster The George Michael Sports Machine George Michael.
, 1984–1999. Weekly series. Briefly syndicated in the early 1990s; most of the show's run was a local program. Almost Live!
. September 1986 – June 1987. Hosted by Nightlife David Brenner.
Ask Dr Ruth, January 1987. Sex talk show hosted by Dr. Ruth Westheimer
, 1989–1994; 2013–2014 The Arsenio Hall Show
The , 1989–1992. Originally a weekly hour long show, in 1992 it became a half hour weeknight show. Byron Allen Show
, September 1990-March 1991 My Talk Show
, January 1991 – September 1991. The Party Machine with Nia Peeples
The , August 1991. Ron Reagan Show
, January–September 1992. New episodes aired until June. The Dennis Miller Show
, 1992–1993. The Whoopi Goldberg Show
, 1993–1995. In its first year, it aired on The Jon Stewart Show MTV.
, 1994–1995. Discussion show among 5 panelists who included, Last Call John Melendez and Brianne Leary.
, September 1995 – May 1996. Lauren Hutton And...
, 1995–1997. Night Stand with Dick Dietrick
, 1996–1999. Kwik Witz
, 1997–1998. The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show
, 1997–1998. Vibe
, June 1998 – September 1998. The Magic Hour
with Comics Unleashed Byron Allen, 2006–2007; reruns still airing on local stations to date.
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