Sunday March 9, 2014
If you watched the Academy Awards on March 2, you probably got a kick out of watching host Ellen DeGeneres take 'selfies' with a wide array of celebrities and movie stars. If you didn't watch, chances are you saw Ellen's most famous selfie - the one with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Julie Roberts, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and a host of other stars.
Well, that quick pic - tweeted to Ellen's many followers on Twitter - had quite an effect. It even crashed Twitter's servers for a bit. That's what happens when your post is retweeted more than 3 million times (beating the Twitter record previously held by @BarackObama with 782,000 retweets).
Ellen also boosted her followers by 2.7 million, moving Ellen closer to the Top 10 users with the most followers (@TheEllenShow currently ranks No. 12).
But that selfie did more than boost Ellen's Twitter numbers. She also gained more than 500,000 new likes on Facebook in the two days following the Academy Awards.
A lot of those folks must have tuned in to The Ellen DeGeneres Show the day after, too, because the daytime talk show netted its highest ratings in its entire 11-year history. Wow.
Thursday February 27, 2014
Already Jimmy Fallon is delivering on all that NBC hoped for with his version of The Tonight Show.
During his debut week - where it was expected he'd draw big numbers - Fallon's Tonight logged 10.42 million viewers (including DVR recordings). That's the largest number of single week viewers since Johnny Carson's final week of shows in 1992. Carson pulled in almost double that - 19.5 million viewers.
Fallon's also logging the youngest late night audience (though you might scratch your head at the numbers). The median age for viewers during his first week was 52 years old. Compare that to Jimmy Kimmel's 54 year olds and David Letterman's 59 year olds.
Why is Fallon drawing such numbers? Beyond the newness of course? We have some thoughts, and we cover those in this month's Talk Show Perspectives: How to Win (and Lose) a Talk Show Audience.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Low-ratings will soon bring an end to CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight. The decision was made by host Piers Morgan and Jeffrey Zucker, CNN's president, according to a New York Times report. The show will likely disappear in March.
Morgan replaced the retired Larry King and his show replaced Larry King Live. Morgan, a Brit, could never connect with American audiences, the article reports.
At this point, Morgan won't leave the network, but will instead focus on television events: interviews with big names and so forth.
The network is searching for a replacement.
Sunday February 23, 2014
Don't forget to set your DVRs (or, hey, just stay up late!) to catch the debut of Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Meyers takes over for Jimmy Fallon, who has moved back into his old studio, which is occupied by the new set for The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
Meyers' Late Night tapes in the same building, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. And Meyers, like Fallon, is a former Saturday Night Live cast member. In fact, there's a whole lot of SNL on late night now.
Fred Armisen joins Meyers as his band leader. Armisen is also a former SNL cast member. His first guest is Amy Poehler, another SNL alum and Meyers co-anchor on Weekend Update.
It's a homecoming of sorts for Poehler, who used to play Andy Richter's sister on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.