If you asked Wendy Williams “how YOU doing?” right now, she would probably say that she’s great, and that would have a lot to do with the fact that her talk show premiered at #1 in daytime talk.
According to Shadow and Act and TV By The Numbers, “The Wendy Williams Show” finished at the top spot in the coveted demographic of women ages 25-54. The show premiered its sixth season on Monday and beat out original airings of other popular nationally syndicated daytime shows like “Ellen,” “Live with Kelly & Michael” and “Dr. Phil.” The show’s numbers went up 50 percent in ratings from last year’s premiere of season five.
The talk show’s distributors (Mort Marcu and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury) are ecstatic about the good news, and put out a statement:
“To have the No. 1 show in the category most important to advertisers, a record-setting household performance and phenomenal year-to-year growth is astounding. It is a lasting testament to Wendy, their fantastic team and the many stations across the country that have believed so strongly in Wendy. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”
I guess eating crow on television and having such an unfiltered opinion is paying off big time for Williams. Congrats!
But “The Queen Latifah Show” isn’t faring as well, coming in last in the ratings after “Wendy,” “Ellen,” “Live,” “Dr. Phil,” “The Real,” “Steve Harvey,” “Meredith Viera” and “Dr. Oz.” I personally miss out on Latifah’s show because it airs so early in the morning that I often forget about (too soon after the morning news shows for me to remember to change the channel). But we’re hoping that since it’s early in the new talk show season, ratings for the show will increase soon…