Arsenio Hall and Queen Latifah’s new talk shows are off to a great start. Both shows scored the highest debuts of the season. The Arsenio Hall averaged a 1.5 rating/6 share last week and The Queen Latifah Show
delivered a 1.7 daytime rating among households. Only Katie Couric’s
debut topped ‘The Queen’ as the highest daytime debut in the last 4
years. Variety reports that in adults 18-49, Hall’s 0.7 rating/3 share tied with “Tonight Show
With Jay Leno” on NBC as the top-rated post-primetime talkshow — ahead
of the likes of Jimmy Kimmel (0.6/3), Jon Stewart (0.6/2), Steve Colbert
(0.5/2) and others. And in adults 25-54, it trailed only Leno. The last new syndicated talkshow to fare better in 18-49 and 25-54 in its premiere week was “Rachel Ray” in 2006. The week of Sept. 9-13 also saw a decent bow in the nation’s biggest
markets for “Bethenny” from Warner Bros. Television Distribution,
following the show’s trial run last year on six stations owned by Fox
Television Stations Group.
Sidebar: I am happy for both of them and pray they succeed. If they win, I win. Because one day someone will be writing a blog about my show and I hope they say the same thing.