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.
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.
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