Monday (Sept. 9) marked the return of Arsenio Hall to late night television.
Hall, 57, was back in his element as he interviewed Snoop Lion, and Chris Tucker for his first show. Even Jay Leno, Paula Abdul and Tara Reid made some impromptu appearances. But the real talk-of-the-town has been Hall’s ratings.
On Monday, The Arsenio Hall Show averaged a 1.0 rating with viewers between the ages of 18 and 49.
That rating was bigger in those cities than Jimmy Kimmel on ABC (0.8); Jay Leno on NBC (0.6); or David Letterman on CBS (0.5).
In addition, Mr. Hall’s overall rating of a 1.9 almost doubled what the stations in his lineup had averaged a year ago: a 1.0.
According to Variety, the show did well in some of the largest markets, including Los Angeles, where it was the No. 1 show in its 11 p.m. timeslot on KTLA with a 3.2 household rating/9 share — up about 90% from its local news lead-in (1.7/4). Among the top 20 markets, the only ones to fare better were Cleveland (4.6/10) and Chicago (3.3/6).
Overall, Hall has proven that even after nearly 20-years away from late night, he still has what it takes to pull in viewers.
The Arsenio Hall Show airs week nights at 11 p.m. Check your local listings for air times.
Selena Gomez was pressed by Ellen DeGeneres for answers about her then budding relationship with Justin Bieber. Gomez wasn’t too forthcoming then so, when she return to Ellen’s show on Tuesday she was a little more open about Bieber.
“He’s little. He’s like my little brother,” said Gomez, 18, about Bieber,17.
Ellen DeGeneres asked Gomez again, “He’s like your little brother? … What do you have to say now?”
“I don’t know. I don’t know,” replied Gomez.
“Well,” continued DeGeneres, “you were trying to hide it still, right? But now you’ve made it public.”
DeGeneres went on to say, “You went to the Vanity Fair [Oscar night] party [together] and made me a fool.”
DeGeneres by saying the following with a laugh: “No, I really didn’t.”
“Yes, you did!!” countered DeGeneres
“I promise you, I didn’t,” said Gomez. “He’s just sweet.”
“He is,” agreed DeGeneres. “He’s sweet as can be. But he’s not like your little brother, is he? No, he’s not. And he’s a fantastic guy. You can’t try to hide that forever.”
Adds DeGeneres: “I know you all were sneaking around but that’s crazy. You’re both huge stars, and you can’t hide from us.”
“I didn’t lie to you, said Gomez. ” I didn’t, though. I’ll say that.”
“No, you didn’t blatantly lie. A little brother is not someone you want to date.”
“Well, no,” concedes Gomez. “That would be weird.”
At the end of the interview Ellen gave Selena a pillow to take on tour with her. The pillow f course had a picture of Justin Bieber on it.
Might seem like Nicki Minaj is everywhere, but can you blame her? Minaj visited Fuse and David Letterman to promote her upcoming album Pink Friday. Minaj seemed at ease as she took to Letterman’s stage to perform “Right Thru Me.” Check out that clip and some photos of Nicki around New York.
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