EXCLUSIVE: Another piece of the syndicated talk show puzzle has fallen into place heading into NATPE, with the Fox TV Stations opting not to pick up the talk show hosted by Kris Jenner for next season but leaving the door open for 2015. Kris, produced by sibling Twentieth Television, had a six-week trial run on several key Fox stations this past summer. “Kris will not be on the schedule for the 2014 syndication season,” Stephen Brown, EVP Programming & Development, Fox Television Stations, said in a statement to Deadline. “However, the possibility for the talk show, or an additional project for Kris Jenner, for the 2015 season is being discussed and highly considered.”
Kris didn’t quite make a splash with its six-week run, coming out about even (0.8 in HH metered markets) with last year’s time period and with its lead-in. It had a strong finish, with the finale featuring Jenner’s son-in-law-to-be Kanye West debuting the first photo of his daughter with Kim Kardashian North West, notching a series-high 1.7 household rating. Additionally, I hear there is a lot of good will towards Jenner across Fox, including both at Twentieth TV and Fox TV Stations as executives had been impressed by her professionalism, work ethics and personality.
Kris Jenner and Twentieth Television scored a big season finale ratings bump Friday when Kanye West made an appearance on Kris and debuted a photo of North West, his baby with Jenner’s daughter Kim Kardashian. The highly anticipated West interview episode notched a series-high 1.7 household rating and did particularly in LA and Dallas markets where it was #1 in its time period. But for the syndicated talk show’s entire six-week run on selected Fox stations, Kris didn’t make a splash and came out just about even (0.8 in HH metered markets) with last year’s time period and with its lead-in. On YouTube the show’s channel hit a high of 4.3M views in its final week, comprising over half of its 8.1M views to date.
For the second time in the past week, a program that had the media hyperventilating ahead of its premiere does not appear to have impressed the public to the same degree. Only time will tell if Kris Jenner’s new talker is the new Sharknado. Monday’s Krisrollout, on Fox stations in six markets — New York/WNYW, Los Angeles/KTTV, Dallas/KDFW, Phoenix/KSAZ, Minneapolis/KMSP and Charlotte/WJZY — included three of the country’s Top 5 markets (NY, LA and Dallas). In those six markets, Kris averaged a 1.1/3 household rating, failing to build over the year-ago time period, and retaining its lead-in share. Kris did noticeably improve the stations’ May sweep performance in female demos, finishing first in its time slot in Los Angeles ahead of Katie, Steve Harvey, and Dr. Phil.
But the launch of the show’s six-week test run was not a home run, despite the bajillion bucks worth of free publicity it enjoyed compliments of the press. In New York, for instance, Kris clocked a 1.1/4 household rating, falling below both its Wendy Williams lead-in (1.4/5) and its leadout, the launch of The Real (1.5/5). That’s an accomplishment — for The Real, given how much less advance noise was made on that show’s part, owing to its shocking lack of Kardashian-ness. Read More »
Here’s a first promo for Twentieth Television-produced Kris, a one-hour daily talker starring Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner. (Spoiler alert: She mentions her family in this!) It is getting a six-week summer trial run on several Fox-owned stations including Fox 11 in LA (at 3 PM) and Fox 5 in NY (11 AM) beginning July 15. The summer test has worked in the past: Telepictures’ Bethenny did the same thing last year, earning a nationwide launch for this fall, and the syndie producer is trying it again this summer with The Real featuring Tamera Mowry, Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Loni Love. Kris is being executive produced by Jenner and talk veteran Robert Lifton.
Twentieth Television today announced that Robert Lifton has been named executive producer of Kris. The new pop cuture-driven daytime talk show, hosted and executive produced by Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, will premiere on Monday, July 15, launching a six-week trial summer run on several Fox-owned stations, including flagships Fox 5 in New York and Fox 11 in Los Angeles. Lifton has 20 years of producing experience though his is a syndicated talk show novice. Recently, he created and oversaw E!’s weekday program Daily 10. Previously, he executive produced Fox Sports Network’s Best Damn Sports Show Period. Additional credits include upcoming Bravo series Property Envy, Access Hollywood and ESPNSportsCenter.