Julie Chen on Season 4 of The Talk: “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It”

What’s the secret to The Talk’s success? According to the show’s moderator, leaving things exactly the same. In an interview with The New York Post, Julie Chen discussed why the daytime show has become TV’s fasted-growing chatfest. Chen stated:

I think it’s a little bit of, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Chen also weighed in comparisons between The Talk and The View:

I don’t pay any attention to [‘The View’] — I know it’s out there . . . but ever since I started working on ‘The Talk,’ I stopped watching ‘The View.’ It’s funny, I haven’t seen an episode [of ‘The View’] since the Rosie O’Donnell days. It’s interesting to see they’re shaking it up . . . but there’s room for everyone to be successful,” she says. “We’ve come up in the ratings and they’re not going anywhere.

Season 4 of The Talk begins Sept. 9 at 2 pm EST on CBS.

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  1. Profile photo of harlee490

    Boy, Jules said a mouth full and the truth! :O When the new season starts I will record it along w\BB before YR…now that’s sad, just sad since the I started watching The Talk a little more than a year ago, BB for about 20 and my beloved YR 40 years….sigh that tells you the sad state YR remains to generate for me :(

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    TV Gord

    Perception vs. reality: The View’s ratings are still higher than The Talk’s. That doesn’t seem broken to me.

    Anyway, I don’t see why these two shows are pitted against each other. They don’t air in the same time slot.

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    TV Gord

    That was one day, after the Big Brother brouhaha. People tuned in to see what Julie Chen had to say.

    The View has more than three million viewers every day. In March, The Hollywood Reporter said their season-to-date numbers were over 3.3 million. You’ll notice all of these stories about The Talk being the “fastest growing” daytime talk show leave out the actual numbers, but their averages are around 2.6 million, from what I’ve been able to find.

  4. Profile photo of pferrando

    Could have been the demos they were referring to.

    In any event, I really don’t watch either, but the View does seem to be struggling while the Talk is growing.

    I’m a CBS guy anyway so I’m just happy the lineup (at least right now) is solid.

    I hope CBS is keeping their eye on Phelps cuz she’s helming their cornerstone show. Their entire lineup could suffer if YR does.

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    I hope CBS is keeping their eye on Phelps cuz she’s helming their cornerstone show. Their entire lineup could suffer if YR does.[/quote]

    Great point. Despite all the changes over the years Y&R still is the cornerstone show.

    As for The View, I’d be embarrassed to have that mess on my network.

  6. Profile photo of pferrando

    Do you work at the View?

    This is what was on DC from July 25…

    “Over 2.6 million people tuned in for CBS Daytime’s The Talk the week ending July 21. This was the largest weekly audience ever for the chatfest!

    The televised coffee klatch, hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler, matched ABC Daytime’s The View among key female demos during the week in question. That sound you hear is Barbara Walters hissing in Bill Geddie’s face, while crawling up on her own coffee table on all fours.”

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    TV Gord

    [quote=pferrando]Do you work at the View?[/quote]


    No, I’m just interested in facts and perspective. I watch both shows, but the fact is The View is still watched by more people than The Talk. That could change tomorrow, but right now, it’s a fact.

    The first clue to any reader should be that they aren’t touting their numbers. Why? Well simply, it’s because their numbers are still relatively lower than those of The View. The best they could come up with is that they are the “fastest growing”. Well, hypothetically, if they had ONE viewer on Monday and then FOUR viewers on Wednesday, they could say they quadrupled their audience from Monday to Wednesday. “Fastest growing” is meaningless.

    Once again, I’ll say I don’t know why The Talk and The View are pitted against each other in ratings comments. They do not face each other in a time slot. It’s only because they are both shows with a female panel that people compare them. That’s archaic thinking, in my opinion.

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