Thursday, February 2, 2012
Kelly Ripa Doing Well on Her Own, per Ratings
If you read the whole story, you see that they're comparing the week ending January 22nd to the same week last year - the same week Regis Philbin announced he was leaving, which provided a ratings boost.
The real story is that, overall, Live ratings are up four percent on average since Regis left. For the full 2011-2012 season to date, the ratings are up eight percent from the prior year. The show regularly draws in almost four million viewers per week.
As I've written before, Ripa deserves a great deal of credit. She's had a whirlwind of rotating hosts since "Reege" left last November. That means becoming familiar with a new person every couple of days, keeping the conversation going, changing the dialogue almost daily to adapt to a different person's style and background. I don't know how she does it.
I'm not Kelly Ripa's biggest fan. I think she's great, though probably a little too high energy. However, the Hollywood Reporter should be a little more responsible in its reporting and it should apologize to who is without a doubt one of the most talented talk show hosts we've ever seen and one who doesn't get nearly the credit she deserves.