‘Kelly Clarkson,’ ‘Tamron Hall’ open strong

Big name new syndicated talk shows “The Kelly Clarkson Show” and “Tamron Hall” debuted to strong numbers Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

  • The two shows are part of a busy season for new syndicated shows.
  • NBCUniversal’s “Kelly Clarkson” started off with a 1.9 rating and 6 share household average, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data in weighted metered markets.
  • Initial data only represents one day of viewership — the series premieres — which tend to attract higher ratings but almost always drop off a bit as viewers lose interest in the novelty.
  • The numbers also only represent initial data from select markets; full nationwide data won’t be released for two weeks.
  • Those numbers would place it as the highest syndicated talk show debut for a nationally cleared show since Katie Couric and Steve Harvey’s new talk shows premiered for the 2012 season.
  • Initial data averages show “Kelly” also improved its lead ins by 36% and year over year by 73%.
  • The show airs at 2 p.m. on NBC in most major markets where NBC owns the station — ahead of the popular “Ellen.”
  • Disney’s “Tamron Hall,” meanwhile, airs in the morning in most major markets, so its viewership is, like other shows in that timeslot, a bit lower.
  • However, it bowed to a 1.4 rating and 5 share, placing it as the second best talk show debut for that time period (only “Kelly” beat it).
  • Hall’s show also posted improvements over the shows it replaced — “Rachael Ray,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Right This Minute.”
  • In most markets, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” serves as a lead in — and “Hall” managed to keep 88% of that show’s viewers.
  • “Hall” also won the 10 a.m. timeslot in New York City in all demographics.
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