Anderson Earns Second Best Opening Since Rachael Ray

While new additions to The Talk, the debut of The Chew and Hot Topics on The View have been grabbing the majority of the headlines among daytime’s talk and lifestyle shows, Anderson Cooper’s new talk show has been going strong since its debut. According to The Hollywood Reporter,

Anderson had a 1.4 national rating for week two (after Nielsen recalculated the rating for the first week), which made it the second biggest opening for a new talk show since Rachel Ray in 2006. Only Dr. Oz had a higher debut when he launched in 2009.

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Which talk show is must watch for you?

10% (74 votes)
Dr. Oz
5% (38 votes)
Dr. Phil
3% (24 votes)
12% (89 votes)
Live With Regis and Kelly
8% (61 votes)
The Chew
1% (5 votes)
The Rachael Ray Show
1% (11 votes)
The Talk
2% (16 votes)
The View
13% (94 votes)
The Wendy Williams Show
5% (38 votes)
Other talk show.
1% (9 votes)
I don't watch talk shows.
38% (283 votes)
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What was the rating b4 they 'recalculated' it? Wonder what ratings package his show had to buy to get a bump?

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It is not that I don't ever watch a talkshow but I am not a regular viewer. If Ellen or Dr Phill or Regis and Kelly are on in the break area at work, I watch. Or if I know about a topic of interest on a show I will watch. I KNOW I sound like a the old days were better guy but Phil Donahue was THE MAN for talk. His shows were so broad and varied that noone can touch him. Oprah was somewhat like that. Literally every day Phil would come up with something completely new and different. One day he had a student that went to college totally naked on the show the next he would have neo nazi's. Some days it was all politics with Henry Kessinger. The next would be cooking with Julia Child. Soaps too. He several times had the cast of a soap on the show. Or He would have Jane Fonda talking about her extreme views or maybe her excersize video.... The format was deceptively simple. He and his persons of interest sitting at a table for the first part. Then he would open the questions up to the audience and the phone line. It could get quite heated in the discussions or it could be total buble gum. There isn't a talk show host out there that doesn't rip him off daily. I am not saying that he is the end of good talk. But he certainly had me glued to that show. I learned so much about the world from watching his show he was the closest thing the 70s and early 80s had to Wikipedia. He was fearless in his topics. One of his first programs was a gay friendly story. I even remember he talked about an all gay cruise ship called Windjammer. I also believe he is where I first heard about AIDS. The show was on the cutting edge of everything and I think he is to be given alot of credit for opening up our society as much as people like Marin Luther King Jr and other activists. He certainly opened the discussions of many topics into our homes.

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Morning Joe and Chuck Todd on MSNBC,or ESPN's MIKE&MIKE or other sports.Besides OLTL & GH,ESPN is the only Disney-owned franchise I watch.Sorry,I can't give up my sports,just like I can't give up my soaps.All the other talk shows you listed leave me bored or just do not interest me.