Conan O'Brien returned to TV Monday night with his new TBS series -- but did he keep you laughing?
"Welcome to my 2nd annual first show," O'Brien, 47, said during his opening monologue. (Watch a clip below)
"People ask me why I named the show Conan. I did it so I'd be harder to replace," the comedian continued. This is an exciting night. I'm glad to be on cable. The truth is, I've dreamed of being a talk show host on basic cable ever since I was 46.
"And things are going well already. I'm happy to report that we're already No. 1 in TBS's key demographic -- people who can't afford HBO."
Monday's Conan opener -- which featured guests Seth Rogen and Lea Michele -- was O'Brien's first broadcast since his shocking January ouster from The Tonight Show after just seven months. NBC asked O'Brien to step aside to make room for Jay Leno, returning to the late-night hit after his own prime-time show tanked.
Taking a swipe at his former network, O'Brien joked: "It's not easy doing a late-night show on a channel without a lot of money and that viewers have trouble finding. So that's why I left NBC."