Wednesday December 4, 2013
One of our big predictions for 2013 was that Jimmy Kimmel and his late night talk show on ABC would start chipping away at the ratings held by competitors Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show.
Seems like we weren't too far off. Nearly a year after moving from midnight to 11:35, slotting it side by side and sandwiched by Late Show and Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel Live garnered its best ratings in that same time frame.
Those "best ratings" mean that JKL is about 60,000 viewers away from topping Tonight, putting it in first place in late night. It also moves further away from Late Show, which sits in third place.
Could JKL become the No. 1 late night talk show in 2014? Very possible. With Jimmy Fallon taking over Tonight, the Nos. 1 and 2 spots are wide open for the taking.
But it's also likely that the audience attracted to JKL is the same audience in love with that other Jimmy. Which could mean a battle royale for talk show fans.
Friday November 29, 2013
With this month's edition of Talk Show Perspectives we take a look at the predictions we made for the talk show industry in 2013, see how accurate we were, and see if there's any chance those guesses could still come true in December!
Here's a sneak peek:
First up: Daytime talk reaches a tipping point
When we first made our predictions way back in December 2012, we led off with this thought: that the daytime talk show market was getting so saturated there was little way more shows could entire the market. We cited the demise of The Jeff Probst Show and The Ricki Lake Show as the first causalities in what we thought would be a blood bath.
Not so much. In fact, daytime keeps heating up. The Queen Latifah Show is a bona fide hit and Bethenny is holding her own. Rave reviews are pouring in for The Real, which isn't even on the air regularly yet. And there's a good chance Kris Jenner's show could get picked up. Show's that'll go? Well - none so far. It seems like our stable of regulars is holding strong.
Check out the rest of predictions - and how close or far away we were! Read more!
Tuesday November 26, 2013
When Thanksgiving rolls around every November, we take stock in ourselves, reflect on the year gone by and come to understand that there's a lot to be thankful for. Friends, family, our health, and our ability to look adversity in the eye and come out on top, for example. That and funny talk show moments, of course.
So as you sit down to dig in to your holiday bird, reflect for a moment or two on some of these memorable moments and Thanksgiving traditions from some of our favorite talk shows.
Check out more here!
Wednesday November 20, 2013
Former U.S. president George W. Bush visited Jay Leno and The Tonight Show earlier this week. During the interview, the former POTUS presented the talk show host with a presidential portrait of the late night star.
And you know, that portrait was pretty darn good. Bush captured Leno's smirk, whisps of gray hair and signature chin perfectly.
Seems the president is taking painting seriously.
"I do take painting seriously," Bush said during the interview. "It's changed my life."
During his retirement, Bush has taken up painting and attends lessons at least once a week.