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.


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

Show Network Time Days Current Host Debut
Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC 11:35pm Mon–Thurs Jimmy Kimmel January 26, 2003
Nightline ABC 12:35am Mon–Fri Dan Harris, Byron Pitts, Juju Chang March 24, 1980
ABC World News Now ABC 2:30am Mon–Fri Kendis Gibson, Diane Macedo January 6, 1992
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert CBS 11:35pm Mon–Fri Stephen Colbert September 8, 2015
The Late Late Show with James Corden CBS 12:37am Tue–Fri James Corden March 23, 2015
CBS Overnight News CBS 3:00am Mon–Fri Elaine Quijano (Monday) Scott Pelley (Tuesday-Friday) September 21, 2015
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon NBC 11:34pm Mon–Fri Jimmy Fallon February 17, 2014
Late Night with Seth Meyers NBC 12:37am Tue–Fri Seth Meyers February 24, 2014
Last Call with Carson Daly NBC 1:37am Tue–Sat Carson Daly January 8, 2002
Saturday Night Live NBC 11:29pm Saturday weekly guest hosts October 11, 1975
Conan TBS 11:00pm Mon–Thurs Conan O'Brien November 8, 2010
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee TBS 10:30pm Wednesday Samantha Bee February 8, 2016
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Comedy Central 11:00pm Mon–Thurs Trevor Noah September 28, 2015
The President Show Comedy Central 11:30pm Thurs Donald Trump April 27, 2017
@midnight with Chris Hardwick Comedy Central 12:01am Tue–Fri Chris Hardwick October 21, 2013
Real Time With Bill Maher HBO 10:00pm Friday Bill Maher February 21, 2003
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver HBO 11:00pm Sunday John Oliver April 27, 2014
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Bravo 11:00pm Sun–Thurs Andy Cohen July 16, 2009
Tavis Smiley PBS Varies Mon–Fri Tavis Smiley January 5, 2004
Charlie Rose PBS 11:00pm Mon–Fri Charlie Rose September 30, 1991
Inside Comedy Showtime 11:00pm Monday David Steinberg January 26, 2012
StarTalk National Geographic 11:00pm Monday Neil deGrasse Tyson April 20, 2015
Join or Die with Craig Ferguson History 11:00PM Thursday Craig Ferguson February 18, 2016
Chelsea Netflix 12 AM Varies Chelsea Handler May 11, 2016
Donnie After Dark TV One 11:00pm Sunday Donnie Simpson February 5, 2016



  • The Les Crane Show, November 1964–February 1965. Interview/tabloid format with audience questions.
  • ABC's Nightlife, February 1965–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 (under the title Jack Paar Tonite), 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.
  • One on One, April–August 1983. Hosted by 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 1986–December 1986. Aired Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Jimmy Breslin's People. September 1986–January 1987. Aired on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Monday Sportsnite, June 1987–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 11:00 pm 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. Kovacs moved to NBC and hosted the Tonight Show on Mondays and Tuesdays for a season.






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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.




Group W[edit]

Also known as Group W. Shows aired on Westinghouse Broadcasting owned and operated stations and syndicated to other markets.