'The Arsenio Hall Show' Is #1 Late-Night Talk Show Among Adults 18-49 In Its 1st Full Week

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by Tambay A. Obenson
September 16, 2013 7:47 PM
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Well, I watched all of the first week's episodes, as I said I would in last week Tuesday's post in which I shared my reactions to the show's premiere episode. In short, I wasn't hooked. Read that post HERE.

And I'm sorry to say that, 4 more shows later, I'm still not hooked. It's a long way from being must-see TV for me, and I'm not sure if that's going to change anytime soon, unless there's a radical shift.

But that's OK, it's just means it's not for me, which is fine. And, apparently, many of you stuck around for the entire week, which is a good sign, right? Meaning, you'll continue to tune in, and keep the show's numbers up. 

CBS Television Distribution spins the numbers for the week of September 9-13, via press release below:

LOS ANGELES, CA - September 16, 2013 - THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW, the new syndicated late-night talk show with host Arsenio Hall, was the No. 1 late-night talk show on broadcast TV in the key audience demographic of Adults 18-49, in its first week on air, September 9 to 13. The CBS Television Distribution talk show also landed in a photo finish for No. 1 with "The Tonight Show" among Adults 25-54 according to Nielsen Station Index (NSI) Local People Meter (LPM) overnight ratings. Nielsen national syndication ratings for the week are not scheduled to be available until Tuesday, September 24.

ARSENIO scored the strongest first week of any new syndicated talk show in seven years among both Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 (matching "Rachael Ray's" debut week of 9/18/2006).

Among Adults 18-49, ARSENIO grew 40% from its lead-in (0.5/2) and also jumped 40% over its year-ago time period average (0.5/2) to a 0.7/3 demo rating. ARSENIO ranked #1 among all late-night talkers in the Adults 18 to 49 demo, tying "The Tonight Show" (0.7/4).

Among Adults 25-54 in its first week, ARSENIO was up 29% from its lead-in (0.7/2) and up 50% from its year-ago time periods (0.6/2) to a 0.9/3 demo rating. ARSENIO (0.9/3) beat every late-night talk show except "The Tonight Show" (1.0/5) in the Adults 25-54 demo.

The Week One household rating for ARSENIO in Nielsen's 56 metered markets averaged a 1.5/3, which was up 50% from its year-ago time periods (1.0/2). Market highlights include:

· In New York, ARSENIO took its time period on Tribune's WPIX up 86% over last year to a 1.3/3.

· In Los Angeles, ARSENIO surged 138% over last year's time period average to a 1.9/6 on Tribune's KTLA.

· In Chicago, ARSENIO grew 56% from last year to a 2.5/5 on Tribune's WGN.

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

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26 Comments

  • Wendy | February 1, 2014 7:19 AMReply

    Where is Starr?

  • WJ | January 31, 2014 11:15 PMReply

    Where is Starr?

  • Max Lynn | November 28, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    So glad to have you back on late night Arsenio. I love your show and you have
    been missed. Fresh, entertaining, anticipated fun and a win.

  • Leon Martin ÷ | September 20, 2013 9:12 PMReply

    The director doesn't seem to have the rapport or timing like the original mainstay. Think her name is Sandy? She was 1st rate with the guests such as the top acts. Is she being used? 'She seemed creative. Hope they do the same with Star Parodi

  • Real cloth | September 20, 2013 2:20 AMReply

    They're making arsenio do a bunch a wacky things to keep his show. As soon as I seen s black dude come out in a dress on one of his sketches and knew instantly what the networks are trying to do.

  • ARSENIOFAN | September 19, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    I could think of a few things I'd like to see...He should reunite the original Posse at least once, with Michael Wolff, Starr Parodi, and John B. Williams...He should at least have a proper DVD set out of the Best of Arsenio Hall, comprising all the groundbreaking moments, interviews and performances of the original show, the stuff that made us love him so much. Or at least, more of that archived on the web site!!! The coolest thing about his show is that he never catered just to the black audience. I'm a white guy, and he had people on even I could relate to. He always had a surprise or two up his sleeve, as well...And what show OPENS with a musical number, or has a number in the middle of the show??? He would do that, too, on occasion. I'd like to see more of that. Maybe more young stars, but on occasion, he could have an "old-school" moment, and bring out a "blast from the past". It doesn't hurt to keep it young and fresh for the kids, but it's also good to cater to fans of the original show, and have guests on that they remember, too...The key will be in straddling between the two to make a show with something for everyone!!! And I would think that by now, he'd have some "special guests" jamming with the band. He would have those on once in a while on his old show. Why not do it now, too? There are a great number of guests who are underserved by the other talk shows. Maybe he could take advantage of this, and put on some people who you don't see on TV too often doing interviews. Have more superstar collaborations, too...Also, like he did with Mariah Carey, introduce the next generation of undiscovered talent to America. Plus, his writers should be reviewing old monologues to see why they were funny the first time, and try to live up to the spirit of the original show...

    He'll get the A-Listers, too, because he had the A-Listers on THE FIRST TIME AROUND!!!

    In any case, I'll give him a chance. Will I be tuned in every night? No. But I think, with a few tweaks and a little time, his show will be back on top like it once was...

  • ryan | September 19, 2013 2:04 AMReply

    We need Arsenio. He is a cornerstone in late-night television. I am happy he's back on. Black people just shut up, watch, and enjoy.

  • ARSENIOFAN | September 19, 2013 5:29 PM

    Just a thought here, but if people didn't WANT him to return, then why is he back on TV again all these years after such a long hiatus? He could have just as easily stuck to the B-movies and occasional appearances on Leno, you know? But I think there are those fans who truly want him to succeed. Do I think his show needs work? Sure. HE'S BEEN OUT OF THE GAME FOR 19 YEARS, PEOPLE!!! I'D BE RUSTY, TOO, IF I WAS GONE THAT LONG!!! Remember, if it weren't for patience, little shows like "Cheers" and "Seinfeld" (Remember those?) would have NEVER gotten off the ground at all!!! You guys and your short attention spans!!! Hey, I didn't think Jimmy Fallon would take off at first, either, by the way, and now he's looking to take over Jay's job, so what do I know? You guys gotta give the man a chance. He's not looking to be the best, just to be a contender. I think with Arsenio, you either love him or hate him. But if you were never a fan of the original show, WHY DO YOU EVEN CARE NOW??? YOU'RE WASTING YOUR TIME! But, if you liked him then and know what he can do, I think things are bound to improve...Give him a chance to carve a niche for himself again and find his audience!

  • sergio | September 19, 2013 8:47 AM

    So all black people should accept anything they're given and not have an opposing opinion about anything? That sir (Or Ma'am?) is a crock of shit!

    And no we all don't "need" Arsenio

  • ChgoSista | September 18, 2013 9:52 AMReply

    I started out really excited about Arsenio's return, perhaps due simply for the sake of nostalgia; however, now that this has worn off for me, don't know if I can hang in there. I guess I'll have to root for him from afar. :-(

  • zil | September 30, 2013 11:17 AM

    I agree. I watched Arsenio back in the day....and enjoyed it...but...this go around... I am not feeling it. Arsenio is boring, lackluster, not funny at all. The skits are horrible and his erratic body movements (hard to explain) just makes him hard to watch. What is going on with the writers? Do they really think that Uncle Thurman skit is funny in nay way? What about the Oh Happy Day skits Just not funny. Honestly, Arsenio is dressed very nicely...great suits...but he needs glasses or something. His face - without the mustache - seems empty. Just my opinion. I like Arsenio overall....seems like a nice guy...but his show has to go. Sorry Arsenio.

  • ARSENIOFAN | September 18, 2013 5:10 AMReply

    And of course, he had everyone on from Mr. Rogers to George Clinton to David Copperfield...How crazy is that???

  • ARSENIOFAN | September 18, 2013 5:01 AMReply

    By the way, does anyone remember Chunky A? (Your love makes me say OWWW!!!) Maybe Arsenio needs to resurrect him once again...Maybe a surprise duet with one of today's stars, or even a comedy bit would suffice...There are a lot of things about Arsenio we seem to have forgotten...but I haven't!!!

  • arseniofan | September 18, 2013 4:52 AMReply

    Sure, there are things that can be tweaked, but I think things will only get better as time goes on. I, being a fan of the old show, tuned in many a late night, only to be surprised by what Arsenio had up his sleeve...That got me, and the band was tight! He WAS edgy, different, and he had on guests and interviews no one else had. Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Tell me if I am right here. These things actually happened on the old show...

    1. ARSENIO DANCED THE LAMBADA.
    2. HE HAD IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH LYLE ALZADO, AND MANY OF THE BIGGEST WRESTLING SUPERSTARS, INCLUDING HULK HOGAN, RANDY SAVAGE, BOBBY HEENAN, TED DIBIASE, AND MORE.
    3. EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, JOHN B. WILLIAMS WOULD HAVE A POETRY MOMENT, AND ON OCCASION, STARR PARODI WOULD SHOW OFF A KEYBOARD SOLO.
    4. HE INTRODUCED PEOPLE LIKE MARIAH CAREY TO THE WORLD.
    5. HE DEVOTED FULL SHOWS TO PEOPLE LIKE JAMES BROWN AND WHITNEY HOUSTON.
    6. MICHAEL JACKSON MADE A SURPRISE APPEARANCE ON HIS SHOW TO GIVE EDDIE MURPHY AN AWARD.
    7. RAY CHARLES PERFORMED THE CLASSIC "ROUTE 66".
    8. A FIRED-UP BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT WENT CRAZY ON HIS SET.
    9. MANY OF THE BIGGEST UP-AND-COMING RAP AND R&B STARS GOT A CHANCE TO PERFORM ON HIS SHOW WHEN NO ONE ELSE WOULD HAVE THEM ON.
    10. HE SANG WITH THE TEMPTATIONS.
    11. EVEN ROCK GROUPS LIKE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS AND SPINAL TAP APPEARED ON THE SHOW. HE EVEN DECLARED SPINAL TAP TO BE "THE LOUDEST BAND IN THE WORLD"!
    and of course...12. A FUTURE PRESIDENT, BILL CLINTON, PLAYED AN IMPROMPTU SAX VERSION OF "HEARTBREAK HOTEL" ON LIVE TV...DO YOU REMEMBER THAT NIGHT??? DO YOU REMEMBER ANY OF THESE NIGHTS???

    That's just a sampling of the awesomeness I witnessed, and I taped many of his shows back in the day so I wouldn't miss a thing...If he can get back to the spontaneity and creativity of the old show, and bring on unexpected guests, I think he'll survive OK. Bring back the Dogg Pound, too...In any case, I am rooting for him all the way! He's definitely got his fans!!!

  • CareyCarey | September 18, 2013 9:58 AM

    Hey Sergio, look at that bag of frog spit.....WOW!!!!

    See, moments like this reaffirm why I don't play the stock market, I just can't pick 'em. I mean, if I had ArsenioFan's insight I could be watching taped re-runs of Randy Savage yelling "You will eat my rear rockets and like it! Ohhhh yeahhh!".....WOW!!! How did I miss that?

  • sergio | September 18, 2013 8:38 AM

    So in other words it doesn't take a whole lot to impress you. Pretty much anything will. Wait a minute....WOW!!! Did you see that? That traffic light just went from red to green.

  • Ky | September 17, 2013 7:03 PMReply

    Welcome Arsenio! I am enjoying the show but it needs work. I think the band is talented but they are not vibing with you. I think you are going for grown and sexy and they seem to be lost in the senior citizen home. The jokes have been way too corny. I liked the interviews. I know you are probably a little rusty. Do your thing! I got your back!!!!!!

  • zil | September 30, 2013 11:20 AM

    Yes....Yes...the word is CORNY! His whole show is CORNY! I...too...thought he would get better. The guests are good....ARSENIO is just not funny or interesting.

  • CareyCarey | September 17, 2013 3:41 PMReply

    "CALL FOR PHILLIP MORRIS"

    Or should I call for Carey & Sergio and tell them it's time to eat crow?

    Oh, excuse me, Sergio is probably the only S&A reader who remembers that famous advertising campaign slogan, but let me explain how this relates to Arsenio Hall, Queen Latifah (whose program aired last night) and Oprah Winfrey, all of whom are in the entertainment and talk show business.

    Well, back in the day hotel lobbies were typically used as meeting places, so situations with persons seeking each other were not uncommon. Ad executive for the Phillip Morris cigarette company capitalized on that popular gathering place by introducing the world to the distinctive voice of a 22-year-old, 47 inches tall New York bellboy. As a bellboy the soon to be actor and pitchman was making 15 dollars a week, he soon was earning $50,000 annually. The Phillip Morris company is still around and the bellboy/pitchman had a 40 year career.

    "But CareyCarey, how does all of that relate to this post, Latifah and Oprah?"

    Short answer, the little man with the distinctive voice was... **drum roll** ...an attention "fetcher" and Oprah got the memo. Y'all read it here at S&A --> "I have a tendency to look at everything from the point of view of: What is going to be meaningful, and uplift people? That can become too stoic and too serious -- which is the same issue I suffered with at the magazine in the beginning. It [I]needed more humor. So we [began] looking for lighter fare... [and it worked!]" ~ Oprah Winfrey

    Now who's calling for Queen Latifah? I mean, does she have a distinct voice? Aside from her [closet] sexuality, is she "different" and thus will natutally draw attention? Is she a shorter than short white male who will instantly turn heads in her direction? And, the biggest question facing all talk show hosts is... ****drum roll**** ...is she entertaining in a humorous sort of way? Well, as Notagain implied and Sandy laid right on the table... "There's got to be something compelling about her personality -- not only the guests -- and she doesn't have it".

    I AGREE. I believe most viewers hope to be entertained/amused by the host (first and foremost) because they are, for the most part, in every conversation. That said, I stumbled upon her show last night... and I-couldn't-do-it. There was absolutely nothing there to hold my interests.

    Arsenio, on the other hand has a sniff, a whisper, a slim chance at long term "success". Some believe he's witty and funny and an edgy comic. However, I have to stand on my position ( and that of Sergio's)that he's a lame suck-butt schmuck who has never been edgy nor amusing -- to me. So only time will tell.

    In the end I am left to say, "CALL FOR __________________" You make the call.

  • B. Fats | September 17, 2013 5:50 AMReply

    Arsenio needs better writers. WAY better. He also needs to stop ripping off Letterman's bits.

  • Monique A Williams | September 17, 2013 11:29 AM

    Agreed. Still love him tho!

  • ALM | September 16, 2013 9:50 PMReply

    Congrats to Arsenio....please sharpen the writing and begin featuring faves like Mint Condition and newer up and comers like Janelle Monae.

  • Thanks | September 16, 2013 9:11 PMReply

    I am very happy for him too. I think he (and the show) will settle down in the next few weeks and his interviews will go more smoothly and the show will find its footing.

  • Monique a Williams | September 16, 2013 8:35 PMReply

    Very happy for him! I love the show with all its quirks, missteps, and awkwardness. You either like him or you don't, and it seems people are glad for his return. Hope we can keep those numbers up!

  • beemooree | September 16, 2013 7:57 PMReply

    good for arsenio. I watch on a daily. i enjoy seeing actors on late night that usually dont get a shot at leno,conan, and kimmel. his guest reminds me of the monique show

  • Donella | September 16, 2013 10:00 PM

    I actually miss the Monique show and I was disappointed when she went off the air.

    Monique shared some interesting remarks about late-night competition for guests and that bookers on other shows put pressure on certain guests not to appear on Monique's show.

    I'm going to give Arsenio the same chance I gave Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien. Maybe more. I feel that Arsenio put LOT of people on back in the day when they couldn't get past the gatekeepers of other shows. His show was cut down at the height of its popularity due to politics and other late-night hosts rushed to take advantage of the vacuum.

    Hopefully, the games that Monique described won't stop guests of integrity from giving Arsenio the same chance he gave them when they were searching for an opportunity.

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