List of late-night American network TV programs
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|ABC||Nightline||30 minutes (with commercials)||Mon–Fri||12:35am||Dan Harris, Byron Pitts, Juju Chang||March 24, 1980|
|World News Now||90 minutes (with commercials)||2:30am||Kendis Gibson, Diane Macedo||January 6, 1992|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live!||60 minutes (with commercials)||Mon–Thurs
|11:35pm||Jimmy Kimmel||January 26, 2003|
|CBS||The Late Late Show with James Corden||12:37am||James Corden||March 23, 2015|
|The Late Show with Stephen Colbert||Mon–Fri||11:35pm||Stephen Colbert||September 8, 2015|
|CBS Overnight News||3:00am||Elaine Quijano (Monday) Norah O'Donnell (Tuesday-Friday)||September 21, 2015|
|NBC||Saturday Night Live||93 minutes (with commercials)||Saturday||11:30pm (Eastern)
|weekly guest hosts||October 11, 1975|
|The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||60 minutes (with commercials)||Mon–Fri||11:34pm||Jimmy Fallon||February 17, 2014|
|Late Night with Seth Meyers||Mon–Thurs
|12:37am||Seth Meyers||February 24, 2014|
|A Little Late with Lilly Singh||22 mins (with commercials)||1:35am||Lilly Singh||September 16, 2019|
|Peacock||Wilmore||22 minutes (without commercials)||Friday||9:00pm||Larry Wilmore||September 18, 2020|
|Fox News||The Greg Gutfeld Show||60 minutes (with commercials)||Saturday||10:00pm||Greg Gutfeld||May 31, 2015|
|PBS||Amanpour & Company||60 minutes||Mon–Fri||11:00pm||Christiane Amanpour||September 10, 2018|
|TBS||Conan||30 minutes (with commercials)||Mon–Thurs||Conan O'Brien||November 8, 2010|
|Full Frontal with Samantha Bee||21 minutes (without commercials)||Wednesday||10:30pm||Samantha Bee||February 8, 2016|
|Comedy Central||The Daily Show with Trevor Noah||36 minutes (with commercials)||Mon–Thurs||11:00pm||Trevor Noah||September 28, 2015|
|HBO||Real Time with Bill Maher||60 minutes (without commercials)||Friday||10:00pm||Bill Maher||February 21, 2003|
|Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||33 minutes (without commercials)||Sunday||11:00pm||John Oliver||April 27, 2014|
|HBO Max||The Not Too Late Show with Elmo||15 minutes (without commercials)||Online streaming||Elmo||May 27, 2020|
|Bravo||Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen||22 minutes (without commercials)||Sun–Thurs||11:00pm||Andy Cohen||July 16, 2009|
|Nat Geo||StarTalk||60 minutes||Monday||Neil deGrasse Tyson||April 20, 2015|
|TBN and Newsmax||Huckabee||Saturday||8:00pm||Mike Huckabee||October 7, 2017|
|Retro||Off-Beat Cinema||120 minutes (with commercials)||2:00am||Constance Caldwell, Tony Billoni, Jeffrey Roberts||October 31, 1993|
|Showtime||Desus & Mero||30 minutes||Monday
The Kid Mero
|February 21, 2019|
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (February 17, 2014 – present)
- The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (June 1, 2009 – January 22, 2010)
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (May 25, 1992 – May 29, 2009; March 1, 2010 – February 6, 2014)
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (October 1, 1962 – May 22, 1992)
- Tonight Starring Jack Paar (July 29, 1957 – March 30, 1962)
- Tonight! America After Dark (1957)
- Tonight Starring Steve Allen (September 27, 1954 – January 25, 1957)
- Late Night with Seth Meyers (February 24, 2014 – present)
- Broadway Open House (May 1950 – August 1951)
- Party Time at Club Roma (October 1950 – January 1951)
- The Tomorrow Show (October 1973 – January 1982) Renamed Tomorrow Coast to Coast in September 1980. Hosted by Tom Snyder and co-hosted by Rona Barrett from October 1980 until mid-1981. Aired Monday through Thursday nights following The Tonight Show.
- The Midnight Special (February 1973 – May 1981) Aired Friday nights.
- Weekend (October 1974 – April 1979) From NBC News, hosted by Lloyd Dobyns and joined by Linda Ellerbee in its final year. Aired about once a month in lieu of Saturday Night Live reruns. Moved to prime-time its final season.
- SCTV Network 90 (May 1981 – March 1983) Aired Friday nights.
- NBC News Overnight (July 1982 – December 1983), hosted by Lloyd Dobyns and Linda Ellerbee, and later by Ellerbee and Bill Schechner.
- Later (August 1988 – February 2001)
- Friday Night Videos (July 29, 1983 – May 24, 2002)
- Saturday Night's Main Event (May 1985 – April 1992)
- NBC News Nightside (November 1991 – September 1998)
- Late Friday (January 2001 – August 2002)
- Poker After Dark (January 1, 2007 – September 23, 2011)
- The Jay Leno Show (September 14, 2009 – February 9, 2010)
- Last Call with Carson Daly (January 8, 2002 – May 24, 2019)
- The Late Late Show with James Corden (March 23, 2015 – present)
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (September 8, 2015 – present)
- Late Show with David Letterman (August 30, 1993 – May 20, 2015)
- The Merv Griffin Show (August 18, 1969 – February 11 1972)
- The CBS Late Movie (February 1972 – January 1989) In 1985, title changed to 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)
- Up to the Minute (March 30, 1992 – September 18, 2015)
- 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, former Family Ties costar Marc Price, 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 the list was a trip to the Pink's Hot Dogs stand in Los Angeles. Michael Burger was the host.
- 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. Jeff Marder was host, with Luann Lee as his announcer/assistant.
- The Kids in the Hall (September 1992 – January 1995) Aired on Fridays.
- The Talk (After-dark edition) (January 2015)
- CBS Summer Showcase (May – September 2015)
- 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.
- Good Night America, 1973–1975. Hosted by Geraldo Rivera as part of the Wide World of Entertainment block
- 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.
- Disrespectful 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 Alec Baldwin Show (ABC; March 4, 2018-December 29, 2018)
- The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers, October 1986–May 15, 1987
- The Late Show (various hosts), May 18, 1987–December 8, 1988; January 11, 1988–October 1988
- The Wilton North Report, December 11, 1987–January 8, 1988.
- Comic Strip Live, August 1989–January 1991. Aired on Saturday or Sunday evening depending on market.
- The Chevy Chase Show, September–October 1993.
- Saturday Night's Main Event, February–November 1992; continuation of the then-WWF's broadcast wrestling showcase program.
- MADtv, October 1995–May 2009. Aired on Saturday nights.
- Saturday Night Special, April–May 1996. Aired on Saturday nights, produced by Roseanne Barr.
- Talkshow with Spike Feresten, September 2006–May 2009, Saturdays only.
- The Wanda Sykes Show, November 2009-April 2010, Saturdays only.
- Animation Domination High-Def, January 2013-March 2016. Aired on Saturday nights.
- Party Over Here, March-May 2016. Aired on Saturday nights.
- 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.
- Charlie Rose, September 30, 1991 – November 17, 2017
- Charlie Rose: The Week, July 19, 2013 – November 24, 2017
- Tavis Smiley, January 5, 2004 – December 13, 2017
- Amanpour on PBS, December 11, 2017 – September 7, 2018
- Beyond 100 Days, January 2, 2018 – September 6, 2018
- BBC World News on PBS, January 12, 2018 – September 7, 2018
- A Oscuras Pero Encendidos, 1995–2001, hosted by Paul Bouche
- Mas Vale Tarde, November 2007–April 2008, hosted by Alex Cambert
- The Merv Griffin Show (February 14, 1972 – September 5, 1986) King World Productions took over syndication in 1984 but the show continued to be carried on Metromedia owned-and-operated stations until 1986, when they were sold to Fox.
- Thicke of the Night, 1983–1984. Hosted by Alan Thicke. Aired on Metromedia owned-and-operated stations and syndicated by MGM/UA Television to other markets.
- The Jerry Lewis Show, June 18-22, 1984, ran as an on-air tryout following the cancellation of Thicke of the Night
Also known as Westinghouse Broadcasting. Shows aired on Westinghouse owned and operated stations and syndicated to other markets. Merged with CBS in 1996 to become Eyemark Entertainment. Folded into King World in 2000 by CBS.
- PM East (with Mike Wallace and Joyce Davidson)/PM West (with Terrence O'Flaherty) (1961–1962)
- The Steve Allen Show, July 1962–October 1964. A revival of Allen's original Tonight format. Unofficially known as "The Steve Allen Westinghouse Show" or "The Steve Allen Playhouse" (the new name of the theater in which the series was taped) to distinguish it from the prime time show of the same name.
- That Regis Philbin Show! 1964–1965
- The Merv Griffin Show 1965–1969
- The David Frost Show, 1969–1972
- The Howard Stern Radio Show, August 22, 1998 – May 19, 2001. (Group W successor Eyemark Entertainment
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.
- The Steve Allen Show, April 1968–November 1969. A revival of Allen's original Tonight format, syndicated by Filmways
- Don Kirshner's Rock Concert,1973–1981.
- Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, 1975–1978.
- All That Glitters, 1977–1978.
- Fernwood 2 Night/America 2-Night, 1977–1978.
- The Love Experts, September 1978 – September 1979. Hosted by Bill Cullen.
- The Uncle Floyd Show, 1980–1998. Hosted by Floyd Vivino.
- The George Michael Sports Machine, Sunday nights, 1984–March 2007. Hosted by sportscaster George Michael.
- Almost Live!, 1984–1999. Weekly series. Briefly syndicated in the early 1990s; most of the show's run was a local program.
- Nightlife. September 1986–June 1987. Hosted by David Brenner. Distributed by King World.
- Ask Dr Ruth, January 1987. Sex talk show hosted by Dr. Ruth Westheimer
- The Arsenio Hall Show, 1989–1994 (syndicated by Paramount); 2013–2014 (syndicated by CBS Television Distribution)
- The Byron Allen Show, 1989–1992. Originally a weekly hour long show, in 1992 it became a half-hour weeknight show.
- The Howard Stern Show July 1990 – August 1992. Syndicated by All American Television.
- My Talk Show, September 1990–March 1991. Syndicated by MCA Television.
- The Party Machine with Nia Peeples, January 1991–September 1991. Syndicated by Paramount.
- The Ron Reagan Show, August 1991.
- The Dennis Miller Show, January–September 1992. New episodes aired until June. Syndicated by Tribune Entertainment.
- The Whoopi Goldberg Show, 1992–1993. Syndicated by Genesis Entertainment.
- The Jon Stewart Show, 1993–1995. Season 1 was on MTV, season 2 syndicated by Paramount.
- Last Call, 1994–1995. Discussion show among 5 panelists who included, John Melendez and Brianne Leary. Syndicated by MCA Television.
- Lauren Hutton And..., September 1995–May 1996. Syndicated by Turner Original Productions.
- Night Stand with Dick Dietrick, 1995–1997. Syndicated by Worldvision Enterprises.
- Kwik Witz, 1996–1999.
- The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show, 1997–1998. Syndicated by Buena Vista Television.
- Vibe, 1997–1998. Syndicated by Columbia TriStar Television.
- The Michael Essany Show, 1997–2004. Hosted by Michael Essany; originally on public-access television, then expanded to the E! network for two seasons.
- The Magic Hour, June 1998–September 1998. Syndicated by 20th Television.
- Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, 2006–2007; reruns still airing on local stations to date.
- The Edge with Jake Sasseville, 2008
- Late Night Republic with Jake Sasseville, 2009–2011
- Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler , June - July 2018
- Geeking Out, July - October 2016
- Talking Bad, August - September 2013
- Hot Package, October 2013- 2015
- The Goodnight Show with Michael Essany, August 2017
- Kathy, April 2012 – March 2013
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central; September 28, 2015–present)
- Disrespectful, July 1993 – 1996
- The Chris Wylde Show Starring Chris Wylde, August 2001–October 2001
- Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, December 2002–November 2004
- Insomniac with Dave Attell, August 2001–November 2004
- Too Late with Adam Carolla, August 2005–November 2005
- Weekends at the D.L., July 2005–January 2006
- The Colbert Report, October 17, 2005 – December 18, 2014
- Chocolate News, October - December 2008
- The Jeff Dunham Show, October - December 2009
- The Benson Interruption, November - December 2010
- Sports Show with Norm Macdonald, April - June 2011
- Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution, October 2011 - November 2014
- The Jeselnik Offensive, February - August 2013
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick, October 21, 2013 – August 4, 2017
- Adam Devine's House Party, October 2013 - May 2016
- Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, April - May 2014
- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, July 2014 - November 2016
- The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, January 19, 2015 – August 18, 2016
- Why? with Hannibal Buress, July - August 2015
- Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, February - August 2016
- The Gorburger Show, April - June 2017
- The High Court with Doug Benson, February - March 2017
- Problematic with Moshe Kasher, April - June 2017
- The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, September 25, 2017 – June 28, 2018
- The Josh Wolf Show, June- July 2015
- The Howard Stern Interview, November 27, 1992–1993
- Howard Stern, June 18, 1994–July 8, 2005
- Chelsea Lately, July 16, 2007–August 26, 2014
- Hello Ross, September 2013-May 2014
- The Grace Helbig Show, April-June 2015
- We Have Issues, September-October 2015
- Unscrewed with Martin Sargent, May - November 2004 (carried over from TechTV)
- Truth & Iliza, May-June 2017
Fox News Channel
- Red Eye, February 2007 – April 2017
- The Spud Goodman Show, 1995 - 1998
- Brand X with Russell Brand, June 28, 2012 – May 2, 2013
- Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, August 2012 – June 2013
- Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, September - November 2013 (moved from FX)
- White Guy Talk Show, March - May 2015
- The Chris Rock Show, February 7, 1997 – November 25, 2000
- Join or Die with Craig Ferguson, February - June 2016
- I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, October 2017 - November 2018
- Up Late with Alec Baldwin, October - November 2013
- The Jon Stewart Show, October 1993–June 1995
- Oddville, MTV, June 1997 – 1999
- The New Tom Green Show, June-September 2003
- Nikki & Sara Live, January-October 2013
- Middle of the Night Show, October-December 2015
- Chelsea, May 11, 2016 – December 15, 2017
- The Break with Michelle Wolf, May - July 2018
- My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, January 2018 - present
- Inside Comedy, January 2012 - June 2015
- The Writers' Room, July 2013 - June 2014
- Conan, November 2010 - present
- Lopez Tonight, November 2009–August 2011.
- Deon Cole's Black Box, June – July 2013.
- The Pete Holmes Show, October 2013 – June 18, 2014
- Unscrewed with Martin Sargent, May 2003 - May 2004
- Donnie After Dark, February - December 2016
- The Chris Gethard Show, June 22, 2011 - May 29, 2018
- USA Up All Night, January 1989–March 1998.
- Desus & Mero, October 2016 - June 2018.
- Man of the People, with Pat Tomasulo, Saturdays, January 2018 - July 2019.
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