Black Viewers Drive Ratings Gains for ‘Kelly & Michael’, ‘Ellen’, More

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  • Black viewers are becoming increasingly important in the daytime television landscape, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    With total viewers of “Live With Kelly and Michael” up nearly 15 percent over the prior year, part of that boost is thanks to the arrival of Michael Strahan, who attracted more men 35-to-54 (up 17 percent) and lifted the African-American share of the audience from 3.5 percent to 4 percent.

    “Wendy Williams,” is another who saw year-over-year increases. Her show benefited by attracting African-Americans, who make up around 18 percent of the total daytime audience.

    One reason is that blacks watch more TV than other demo groups, an average of around 218 hours a month in 2013, according to a May 15 Nielsen study, compared to 155 hours per month for all viewers.

    That trend couldn’t help Arsenio Hall, whose late-night show was canceled May 30. But it boosted Ellen DeGeneres, whose show was up 14 percent in viewers over the prior season, in part because African American host Harvey, whose show continues to grow, is DeGeneres’ lead-in on NBC stations in big markets.

    Most programs are down from the prior year due to audience fragmentation, time-shifting of primetime shows and pre-emptions for the Winter Olympics. “Dr. Oz,” which airs on NBC stations, was hit hard by the Sochi Games, dropping about 9 percent. “The Doctors” took a dive of nearly 6 percent, largely because the show lost stations and time periods, mostly to Queen Latifah, who has the most successful new talk show of the season, thanks in part to African-American audiences.

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