Anderson Cooper gets soft ratings in talk premiere


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Ratings for Anderson Cooper’s talk show premiere were nothing to giggle about.

The CNN anchor drew soft ratings for the opening of ‘Anderson,’ his syndicated daytime chat fest. Monday’s premiere drew a 1.1 household rating/3 share, according to Nielsen.

That put him well below established shows such as ‘Regis and Kelly’ (2.9 rating), ‘Ellen’ (2.6), ‘Dr. Oz’ (2.0) and ‘The Talk’ (1.9).


However, syndicated talk shows can take a while to build, and Warner Bros., which is syndicating ‘Anderson’ through its Telepictures division, points out that the premiere was preempted in several markets and aired against U.S. Open tennis coverage. The first ratings are ‘atypical,’ the studio said.

Maybe he’d have done better with another giggle fest, like he had last month when recounting Gerard Depardieu’s alleged bathroom incident on a plane.

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