Conan's new show on TBS kicked off last night on TBS and with great ratings too!  Will Conan be the new late night king?

Just nine months after getting yanked off the air by NBC, Conan O'Brien debuted his new TBS talk show Conan last night to very strong ratings—early numbers indicate that he scored a 2.8 to Jay Leno's 2.7. The show began with a hilarious flashback to "last season on Conan," in which he is repeatedly gunned down by the Mafia after leaving NBC, then forced to work as a birthday party clown and later at Burger King.

The episode ended with a musical performance by O'Brien's longtime friend Jack White, who performed Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock" with the newly christened Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, and Conan himself on guitar. (E Street drummer Max Weinberg has been replaced by James Wormworth.) Tonight Soundgarden make their first TV appearance since re-forming earlier this year.