• Nov 9, 2010
These days, there are some serious battle lines drawn around which late-night host you prefer. With the embattled Conan O'Brien taking to the airwaves for the first time since being ousted from NBC, we can all but guarantee another outpouring of down-with-Leno sentiment. But who are the rank and file that make up the heart of each suit's fan base? Who is it exactly that watches Letterman, and how do they differ from Stewart's army of fans?

The crew from USA Today set out to discover the answers to those questions by commissioning a poll with Penn Schoen Berland. What did they find? Conan O'Brien fans are likely to be between 18 and 34 years old, drive Volkswagens and be single atheists. Seriously.

Meanwhile, Jay Leno is favored by folks who are 45 years old and up, religious and listen to country music. Their chariot of choice tends to be something of the domestic flavor – especially Pontiac and Chevrolet hardware.

One of Leno's harshest critics, David Letterman, picks up views from people between the ages of 25 and 44 years-old who are likely divorced democrats. Interestingly enough, Letterman's crew rolls on a beige tide of Toyotas.

Finally, the study took a look at Jon Stewart's fan base and found that the comedian garners views from 35-54 year-old married Catholics. Team Stewart tends to favor a GMC truck for getting around town.

[Source: USA Today]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Who watches any of those losers anymore? Boooooring...with a capital "B" .... it's a given their all driving booring cars as well. How about focusing on fans of someone a bit more fun..like tosh.0 ?

      http://www.comedycentral.com/tosh.0/?xrs=sem_g_tsh_tosh.0
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the biggest load of crap I've ever read on the internet... no seriously.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i watch porn late at night, which explained why i take bus because my hands are too tired to drive in the morning
      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad I'm not a letterman fan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes sense to me. I'm 49 and have always found Conan's humor to be crass and juvenile. He came from the SNL camp and those guys excel at making teenagers laugh. As you get older and develop a taste for better quality fare, their appeal fades.

      Although Conan's choice of a Taurus SHO makes him seem something of a "car guy", it always came across to me as a ploy to make him look like something of a loser.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Of course it is a ploy.
        The man lives in a $25 million Manhattan penthouse and went to the best prep schools and an Ivy League university.
        Only simpletons really believe that he drives around in an old Ford Taurus.
        He probably does not care about cars because 99% of the time he uses a car service or limo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've watched Letterman since he first started and now I'm 45, single, nowhere near a Democrat, and drive a Chrysler.

      But I also like Conan and will watch the first part of his show now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like Stewart and Leno, I'm 20, I drive a Mini.. Domestics aren't my style.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This article seems to be a big joke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a big fan of Conan. I drive a Subaru, otherwise they hit the nail on the head.

      I'd talk more, but I'm busy trying to find a date...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I fit none of these groups. Fittingly, I watch Jimmy Kimmel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's funny because Jimmy Kimmel is the dark horse. All these competing late night entertainment shows do nothing but propel Nightline as the top dog. Kimmel has definitely benefited from its lead-in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a 30 yr old devil worshiper who sacrifices virgin teens and watches the 700 club. I drive a Trabant and enjoy smoking meth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i know this is off topic but...is there an AB forum?
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