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Some Shows Censored, But Conan Gets Millions of Clicks in China

The American late-night talk show "Conan" has racked up more than 3 million hits since its debut two weeks ago on an online video site in China.

The comedy show hosted by Conan O'Brien is available with Chinese subtitles, via the website of Sohu Video, a unit of Chinese online media group and Nasdaq-listed Sohu.com Inc., the company said Tuesday.

Like other Chinese online video sites, Sohu licenses many hit American TV shows. The company recently announced the slate of 20 U.S. TV shows it would feature, including The Last Ship, Rectify, and Masters of Sex. Earlier this year, the company unveiled Saturday Night Live, House of Cards, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Online video isn't as heavily regulated as television in China and providers often have more freedom to show dramas and comedies from America and other countries. But China's media watchdog - the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television - did order a handful of shows off video-streaming sites in May, including The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and The Good Wife, for breaching regulations on harmful content.

--Associated Press and NBC News

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Chinese censors have blocked 'NCIS,' 'The Good Wife,' and 'The Big Bang Theory' from video streaming websites, but Conan O'Brien's talk show has racked up more than 3 million hits since its debut just two weeks ago. Ben Margot / AP file

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