‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Did Great in the Ratings Last Night


Arsenio Hall’s comeback is going pretty well so far. The Arsenio Hall Show went off the air in 1995 but returned last night, and the ratings on the revamped late night series are surprisingly strong. The syndicated show’s premiere episode, which featured appearances from Chris Tucker, Paula Abdul, and Snoop Dogg, earned a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, beating competitors Kimmel (0.8), Leno (0.6), and Letterman (0.5). When it came to household ratings, the show earned a 1.9 rating, compared to Leno (2.3), Kimmel (tied with 1.9), and Letterman 1.8. Ratings for shows tend to drop off dramatically after their first episode, but The Arsenio Hall Show still did really well.