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; HBO, Home Box Office; Bravo, Bravo; Showtime, Showtime

Timeline of Popular Programs[edit]

Timeline of Hosts
Network Show
1950s 1960s 1970s 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
CBS Late Show The Merv Griffin Show The Pat Sajak Show David Letterman Stephen Colbert
The Late Late Show Tom Snyder Craig Kilborn Craig Ferguson James Corden
NBC The Tonight Show Steve Allen Various hosts Johnny Carson Jay Leno Conan O'Brien Jay Leno Jimmy Fallon
Ernie Kovacs
Jack Lescoulie
Al Jazzbo Collins
Jack Paar
Late Night Tomorrow with Tom Snyder David Letterman Conan O'Brien Jimmy Fallon Seth Meyers


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
ABC World News Now ABC 2:30am Mon–Fri
Late Show with David Letterman CBS 11:35pm Mon–Fri
The Late Late Show CBS 12:37am Mon–Fri
Up to the Minute CBS 3:00am Mon–Fri
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon NBC 11:34pm Mon–Fri
Late Night with Seth Meyers NBC 12:36am Mon–Fri
Last Call with Carson Daly NBC 1:36am Mon–Fri
Saturday Night Live NBC 11:29pm Saturday
Conan TBS 11:00pm Mon–Thurs
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central 11:00pm Mon–Thurs
@midnight Comedy Central 12:01am 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
Real Time With Bill Maher HBO 9:00pm Friday
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver HBO 11:00pm Sunday


Show Network Start
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Comedy Central January 19, 2015
Late Show with Stephen Colbert CBS August or September 2015
The Late Late Show with James Corden CBS March 23, 2015



  • 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.



  • 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.





United Network[edit]

Comedy Central[edit]



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.