It’s striking that Live is enjoying continued boom times (its 33rd-season premiere in September registered some 2.66 million viewers) in a climate that has most richly rewarded, lately, its network mate The View, with its strongly opinionated political junkies. Live, airing two hours earlier at 9 a.m. in New York and with a softer mandate, has no politics in its DNA, though Ripa has ushered the nation through hard news.
While Ryan Seacrest was forced to take time off from the syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan while suffering from “exhaustion,” his morning show co-host Kelly Ripa has been picking up the slack from a house in the Caribbean.
The View, Live With Kelly and Ryan and Tamron Hall have been added to the list of shows that will be taping without a studio audience due to growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. “Given the current developing situation in New York City, we have made the decision to suspend live audiences from attending our news broadcasts and talk shows,” a Walt Disney Television spokesperson said this morning.
Kelly Ripa called RyanSeacrest a “privilege to work with” on their Thursday show, days after his sexual harassment accuser went public.
The syndicated and homey Live With Kelly and Ryan sticks to light banter even as its NBC rival, Megyn Kelly Today, takes on weightier matters.
The new hour of Today dipped to a 1.9/7 on day two of head-to-head competition against the syndicated veteran in metered markets.
On Monday Live with Kelly and Ryan launches a new season — its 30th in national syndication — of goes-down-easy chat and interviews. Live has dominated entertainment talk TV in daytime for decades, and that is unlikely to change. Even so, a face-off is nigh that media handicappers will delight in tracking: Kelly vs. Kelly. That is, Megyn Kelly, former Fox News star who earlier this year jumped to NBC News and will anchor the third hour of NBC’s Today (currently averaging 2.4 million viewers versus 2.8 million for “Live”). Airing at 9 a.m. ET, Megyn Kelly Today will go head-to-head against Live in many cities starting Sept. 25.
Live With Kelly And Ryan continues its ratings momentum. Its inaugural week was up 18% in households (2.6/9 vs. 2.2/8) to score the show’s highest-rated week in nine weeks. Live With Kelly And Ryan also was up week to week by 22% among women 25-54 (1.1/9 vs. 0.9/7) to match a nine-week high — since the show’s post-Oscars week in February.
A year after Michael after Strahan exited the syndicated Live morning show for Good Morning America,host Kelly Ripa introduced her permanent co-host. Veteran broadcaster Ryan Seacrest is the new co-host of the newly-rechristened Live with Kelly and Ryan.