'The Arsenio Hall Show' Nearly Doubles Its Time Period Ratings in Its Debut Last Night

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September 10th, 2013


via press release:


New Syndicated Talker Is #1 Late-Night Show on Broadcast Television in Key Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Demos in Local People Meter Markets

Top Late-Night Show in Los Angeles; #1 In Adults 18-49 and 25-54 in New York

LOS ANGELES, CA - September 10, 2013 - THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW made its debut in late night yesterday with an 1.9 HH rating/4 share, nearly doubling its time period average, according to Nielsen Media Research metered market ratings (primary runs only).

ARSENIO's 1.9 was a +90% increase over the September 2012 time period average of a 1.0/2. ARSENIO also built upon its lead-in average (1.6/3) by 19 percent.

ARSENIO beat every other late-night talk show on broadcast television in the key demos of Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 (in the 25 Local People Meter markets).

· ARSENIO was #1 in Adults 25-54 with a 1.2/5, ahead of all other late-night broadcast veterans.

· ARSENIO was #1 in Adults 18-49 with a 1.0/4, ahead of all other late-night broadcast shows.

Market highlights include:

· Airing on Tribune's KTLA in Los Angeles, ARSENIO was the #1 late-night talk show with a 3.2 HH rating. It was also #1 in the time period.

· Airing on Tribune's WPIX in New York, ARSENIO was #1 late-night talk show in adults 25-54 with a 1.5 rating and #1 in Adults 18-49 with a 1.2 rating. It was #2 in households with a 1.6, beating all talk show competition except Letterman.

In the first episode, Hall welcomed comedian and actor Chris Tucker as his first guest, as well as surprise guests Snoop Dogg and Paula Abdul and a tape appearance by Jay Leno.

THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW airs in syndication. It is anchored by the 17 stations in the Tribune Broadcasting station group, which is also a partner in the show. Check local listings for stations and time slots.

THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW is produced by Eye Productions Inc., in association with Arsenio Hall Communications Ltd. and Octagon Entertainment Productions, and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Arsenio Hall, John Ferriter and Neal Kendall are executive producers.

Web site: http://www.arseniohall.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArsenioHall

Twitter: https://twitter.com/arseniohall

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/arsenio

  • jr YOU WING

    Brian, you are correct. This slob is a train wreck with zero appeal and has psychological issues. Get Seinfeld back on at his time slot in NYC. Hall will be cancelled before New Year’s.

  • Mike

    @ Douglas in TN,

    They chose not to renew his contract — not the same as being fired. If you’re going to deride someone for their opinions, it would be best to have your facts straight.

  • Beeker

    I’d like to believe everyone is smart enough to watch what they like. However, I think there is an obligation factor involved. Blacks will watch to support “the cause” and others will watch out of guilt. He’s not funny, he’s not original and he’s a horrible interviewer. Although he’s safe to put on TV, he’ll have leeway with any racist jokes.

  • Douglas in TN

    Well, if my boss decided not to renew my contract, I would call that getting fired.

    Fired, cancelled, whatever you want to call it, Leno is gone.

    You must not be aware of this Mario/ Neal. He takes fanboi-ism to a new level.

  • Tony

    Horrible interviewer? He is still one of the better ones in late night. In fact, I’d say that’s the only reason I’d tune in because his monologue/sketches are not very interesting.

  • Mike

    @ Douglas in TN,

    Again, that’s not being fired. There is a distinction — one that clearly escapes you. Firing implies the termination of an existing contract, which is not the case at all here. Your actions make you just as much of a fanboy as Mario/Neal.

  • Ed

    1st show was really good. I just saw the first 10 minutes of show #5 and I gotta say, I don’t think Arsenio will last very long. He’s no Jay Leno. His reading and delivery (or lack of) skills aren’t the best, whoever is writing for him needs to be fired immediately. I hope he improves his delivery if not, his show WILL be cancelled. IMHO

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  • Douglas in TN

    Mike, whatever…you’re full of, as Archie Bunker would say, crapola.

  • Neal

    I tried to watch Arsenio and Brian is 100% right! Beyond awful! It won’t last.

  • Mike

    @ Douglas in TN:

    Now you’re resorting to insults? Wow.

  • dan

    At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what any of these opinions are, especially the comment about blacks supporting the cause which is blatant ignorance in 2013 because he’s getting paid and most if there comments are just silly bi#*ing and moaning and the opinoins are sooooo irrelevant. ..

  • Douglas in TN

    Mike, even by your definition, Leno is fired…he’s being yanked from his show in the midst of his contract. His contract ends in May or September, depending on what account you read…they’re yanking him off in February. He still gets paid, but doesn’t get to go his show anymore. Leno is done in late night.

    I’ll agree the whole thing is an insult to Leno. While he put on a putrid show, he won most of the time and made a lot of money for the network.

    But they have fired and canceled him. No amount of spin can change that.

  • Mike

    @ Douglas in TN

    You readily admit that his contract doesn’t end in February, and thus, once again, I state that he is not being fired, since his contract is not being terminated early. He will continue to be paid, and will not be able to work for anyone else besides NBC until his contract ends. I don’t know where you got the idea that my definition confirms that he was fired. I’d suggest you go back and re-read what I wrote. No amount of spin can change that.

    Furthermore, if you read up on the story, you would realize that it was Leno who suggested that the switch should take place in February after the Olympics, rather than after his contract expired, like NBC was willing to do. Besides, I’m not too sure how this is an insult to Leno — he’s very much had a say in how things were handled this time, as opposed to the fiasco with Conan O’Brien. Like Johnny Carson, he’ll leave the Tonight Show while it’s rated #1 — I’d argue that it’s better to go out on top, like many successful shows have done in the past, before it becomes a pale shadow of its former self.

  • Neal

    True Mike. Leno will go out as the KING of late night.

    It’s a lot better than Conan who has a show no one watches! LOL!

  • Douglas in TN

    The Leno Tonight show has always been a very, very pale shadow of what the Tonight Show has always been.

    Maybe once he leaves the show the real Jay Leno can return.

  • Ray

    None of these shows matter. Just boring celebrity interviews. Late night died when Carson retired 21 years ago.

  • Douglas in TN

    Ray…as I get older, I think you’re spot on right.

    I still, thirty years later, respect Letterman’s sharp wit, but these shows have devolved almost completely into a shillfest for celebrities and their latest projects. Leno has become the poster child for that. But even Letterman has done more than his fair share, and has punished us too often with the Hiltons and Kardashians.

    Sure, Johnny was there to promote a film and such, but his show was more than that.

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