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.
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!
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.
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.
It's been a little while since we've written anything about Ellen DeGeneres, one of our favorite talk show hosts. And even though this story is a few days old, we thought it was worth sharing. It made our day. We hope it does the same for you.
See, Ellen heard a story about a New Hampshire waitress who picked up the tab for two National Guard officers she was serving. The waitress, Sarah Hoidahl, was impelled to pay for the lunch after she overheard the officers talking about their furlough during the recent government shut-down.
When it came time to pay, Hoidahl presented them with a note that read, in part, "People like you that protect this country are not getting paid. However, I still am. Lunch is on me!"
Ruby Tuesday's, where Hoidahl works, and the National Guard both tweeted about the story. And that's when the good deed found its way to Ellen.
Ellen flew the waitress out to L.A. on the premise that she wanted to pay Hoidahl back for the dinner. During a bit on her show, Ellen even fished the $27 out of her pocket. But she also fished out a pen, which she used to sign a big check made to Hoidahl to the tune of $10,000.
Then, after she sent Hoidahl home, Ellen pulled another stunt, sending a member of her crew, posing as a reporter, to New Hampshire, where Ellen presented her with a new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Turns out Hoidahl and her mother previously shared a car.
Osbourne quickly recanted a day later, before anyone from The View had time to comment. She told The Talk audience "I want to apologize to Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shephard and Whoopi Goldberg, who are all accomplished, self-made women who have amazing careers. They have achieved so much. I mean, Whoopi is an Oscar winner. Who am I to say anything about Whoopi or any of the ladies?"
Further, Osbourne said her comments came about because she is a "loose cannon" and really meant her moment to been seen in jest rather than taken seriously. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but with The Talk on the rise and The View in transition, our bet is that it was to make the late night Arsenio audience laugh rather than take a true jab at the competition.
This month, I received a wonderful email from Colleen Smith, of Lexington, Mass. Smith is a former marketing professional and a mother of two. She's also a talk show host, recently celebrating 30 episodes of her local Lexington program, LexGO!
"I was researching tips on how to be a good talk show host for a class I am teaching to local kids in the community and came upon your article," she writes. "Four years ago, I walked into our local public access station with the idea of a mom hosting a local talk show where we could focus on the fantastic residents, businesses and non-profit organizations. Well four years later, 35 shows and three first place awards from the Alliance for Community Media, we are kicking off another great season!"
Smith is a great example of how just about anyone can be a talk show host. Of course it takes a little effort, a whole lot of persistence and some television production know-how. And even that's getting easier. These days you can achieve broadcast quality video with off-the-shelf video equipment, and your distribution channel is only a few clicks away. More and more shows are showing up on the Internet, on channels like YouTube and Vimeo, featuring niche hosts interviewing niche guests.
If you want to throw your hat in the ring, we're here to help. Give our latest edition of Talk Show Perspectives a read to find out how!
Radar Online reported earlier in the week View producers are underwhelmed with McCarthy's performance so far. The actress/comedian joined the daytime talk show in September, replacing departed host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
Radar quoted a "production source" as saying "ABC has begun doing deep research on Jenny's work on the show and the initial findings are that viewers want to tune out the second she opens her mouth."
"There is absolutely no truth to this story," a rep for the show told the New York Daily News. Many note that rumors about Hasselbeck's departure and Barbra Walters retirement were met with the same response - and then proved true.
Do you watch the show? What do you think?
The reason, explained West on Wednesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, was because it was personal. Turns out Kimmel and West count one another as friends.
And after Kimmel aired a sketch in which West is portrayed by a child in a recreated BBC interview, it set West off.
Usually, said West, he keeps mum about the way the celebrity media talks about him. But because it was Kimmel, he felt it was time to say something.
"That elevates sometimes," said West. "Jimmy does his thing, I do my thing, and at some point egos can flare up, and we kind of took it back to high school."
"I really felt bad about all this stuff, I did," said Kimmel.
The interview ran for 30 minutes, eventually bumping musical act Arctic Monkeys.
That advice? Change the name of the show.
"I wish we would have talked yesterday," Meyers said. "We just printed the mugs."
Letterman also told Meyers that the Late Night name was randomly selected from a list of names. "But the better name is The Tomorrow Show."
The name isn't new. True late night fans will remember The Tomorrow Show ran from 1973 to 1982 on NBC, following The Tonight Show. Tom Snyder was host, followed briefly by Rona Barrett. Letterman's Late Night replaced Snyder's show. Snyder would eventually follow Letterman and the Late Show as the originally host of the Late Late Show.