‘The Talk’ Bags Biggest Crowd Ever When Co-Hosts Tell Secrets

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 1:20pm PDT

CBS’ The Talk bagged its largest weekly audience ever in its fourth season premiere – 2.80 million viewers. That’s 20% higher then last year’s premiere crowd (2.33 million). Among women 25-54, the season debut (1.2 rating) was up 20% and matched the show’s all-time high. In its season return, The Talk had featured its co-hosts revealing personal secrets, including Julie Chen’s much-talked-about news she’d had plastic surgery on her eyes two decades ago to make them look larger, after her boss at a local TV station told her they were holding back her career. Sharon Osbourne revealed she’d dated Jay Leno, while they were each single.

With The Talk nipping at its heels, ABC’s The View trotted out its overhauled gaggle, featuring new host Jenny McCarthy and minus Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and hit a five-month high of 3.01 million viewers. In women 25-54, The View hit a 1.2 rating – a seven month high.
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Molly Shannon To Guest Host ‘The Talk’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former latenight star Molly Shannon is heading to daytime. The Saturday Night Live alumna is joining CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk as a guest host for the month of September. When the show’s second season starts … Read More »

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‘The Talk’ Adds Kris Jenner As Host (As If Kardashians Aren’t Already Over-Exposed) & Conservative Comic Sheryl Underwood

EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: What in the world is CBS thinking? The network is going to announce shortly that Kris Jenner, the insufferable manager mom of those incredibly annoying Kardashian sisters, is the new fill-in host on The Talk. (Don’t these people have enough money for doing nothing already? I suppose Jenner at least can talk about her plastic surgeries…) Also being added is Sheryl Underwood, the African-American stand-up comedienne who used to be a regularly syndicated radio personality on the national Tom Joyner Morning Show as well as on the Jamie Foxx channel for Sirius XM satellite radio. She is now a weekly contributor on radio’s Steve Harvey Morning Show. A former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Underwood likes to call herself ”a sexually progressive God-fearing black Republican”. (Black GOP-er? CBS went looking for a needle in a haystack…) Read More »

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CBS Renews ‘The Talk’ For Next Season

Nellie Andreeva

After a couple of weeks of hitting series highs in total viewers, CBS has given  freshman daytime talk show The Talk an early renewal for next season. With the exception of Marissa Jaret Winokur, who recently left the show, the other hosts, Julie Chen, the show’s creator Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini, are staying put. Read More »

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CBS SVP Daytime Boss Barbara Bloom Out

By | Tuesday January 18, 2011 @ 4:57pm PST

She today informed her staff about her departure when her contract expires at the end of the month after 8 years with the network. (Statements below.) Immediately, there was Internet chatter that Barbara Bloom had clashed with Julie Chen, wife of Les Moonves … Read More »

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CBS Daytime Show ‘The Talk’ Debuts OK

Nellie Andreeva

It is tricky to evaluate the ratings performance of CBS’ new daytime talk show The Talk as it doesn’t air against other network talk shows and it doesn’t run at the same time in every market (in most, it airs at 2 PM.) But in its debut yesterday, the show hosted by Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne and Leah Remini averaged an OK 2.1/7 rating in the metered markets. That was up 24% from what the network did in the time slot a year ago with recently cancelled soap As the World Turns. It virtually tied the established network competition at 2 PM, soap One Life to Live, which did a 2.2. Ratings are important for The Talk because, as Chen’s husband, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves pointed out in his Good Luck video played during the premiere episode, if they’re are not good, he will cancel it. (Moonves’ message is at the end of the clip from The Talk below.) Read More »

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CBS Sets Premiere Date For ‘The Talk’

Nellie Andreeva

CBS’s new daily daytime talk show The Talk will premiere Monday, Oct. 18 and will air weekdays from 2-3 PM. The show, which explores topical matters through the eyes of mothers, is co-hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur.  Brad … Read More »

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‘ET’ Veteran To Exec Produce CBS’ ‘The Talk’

Nellie Andreeva

Entertainment Tonight veteran Brad Bessey has been named executive producer of The Talk, CBS’s upcoming daytime talk show that will examine topical events through the eyes of six mothers, co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, … Read More »

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TCA: ‘The Talk’ Panel Talks Sara Gilbert’s Sexual Orientation & Julie Chen’s Marriage

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage:

The discussion at the panel for CBS’ new daytime talk show The Talk– featuring  the six co-hosts, executive producer Sara Gilbert, Leah Remini, Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Sharon Osbourne – seemed to focus mostly on the fact that Gilbert is a lesbian, particularly, a lesbian who failed to acknowledge her partner and co-parent in the press materials for the new show, even though the other women’s husbands were mentioned. Another question that has been raising a lot more controversy received far less attention: the fact that co-host Chen – who already has two high profile jobs as co anchor of CBS’ “Early Show” and the U.S. version of “Big Brother” — is  married to Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp. Read More »

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TCA: Notes From The CBS Exec Session

Nellie Andreeva

CBS is first up at TCA, so the network’s entertainment president Nina Tassler was the first to get the Steve McPherson question this morning. Asked to comment on McPherson’s exit from ABC yesterday, she said: “Dammit, he got out of … Read More »

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Daily Talk Show To Replace ‘As The World Turns’ On CBS This Fall

Nellie Andreeva

CBS eyeEXCLUSIVE: I hear CBS has picked the replacement for departing daytime soap As the World Turns: a daily panel talk show hosted by Sara Gilbert, on whose idea the show is based, Julie Chen (who’s married to Read More »

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