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'Live! With Kelly' Ratings Climb Without Regis

A stream of guest co-hosts help viewership jump 12 percent

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Dec 22, 2011 12:19PM
Kelly Ripa has called in some big names to fill in as "Live! With Kelly" guest co-host since Regis Philbin retired from the show he helped create 28 years ago, and it seems to be paying off. In spite of bad reports yesterday, ABC says the morning show's viewership has gone up 14 percent in daytime's core demographic of women 25-54.

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While gossip jock Perez Hilton and The New York Post reported a massive 35 percent ratings drop for "Live! with Kelly" since Regis Philbin's exit episodes, ABC says their numbers are off, but more importantly, they may be missing the bigger picture.

Yes, "Live" has lost the excitement ratings surrounding the exit of a daytime icon, which peaked at a whopping 9.45 million viewers for Philbin's final episode, but Ripa is not expected to measure up to those major event ratings, even with the help of weighty co-hosts like Neil Patrick Harris, Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Cohen, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Jonah Hill and Kevin Jonas.

What more, when compared with last year's numbers in the same time period, “Live” is actually pulling ahead without Philbin, according to the New York Times and ABC. Ratings have climbed 14 percent among the coveted daytime audience of women ages 25 to 54 and 12 percent overall.
In raw numbers, "Live!" boasted 3.93 million viewers for Nov. 21 to Dec. 11, compared with 2010's 3.5 million in the same four-week period. At the same time, the audience of women ages 25 to 54 rose to one million from last year's 878,000.

The real test, of course, will come when Ripa has a permanent host at her side. In the meantime, "Live! With Kelly" is doing just fine with a revolving door of hot guys and when the show returns with new episodes in January, Ripa has a host of jocks on the schedule. Football star and former Kim Kardashian beau Reggie Bush will serve as guest host on Monday, Jan. 9, followed by Carl Edwards and Apolo Anton Ohno.

"Live! With Kelly" airs weekdays in syndication.
Sep 18, 2012 9:07AM

I honestly don't know how Kelly has remained on TV.

Kelly walked on the Regis show and took it over like it was her own show.

How full of herself she is .

She ruined Regis for me. As soon as she joined the show, I stopped watching.

I loved Regis but can't stand Kelly.  I don't know how poor Regis put up with her.

No wonder he retired so soon!

I am glad I have plenty of other talk shows to pick from in the morning. TG for cable.


Jan 9, 2012 7:06PM
I find it so interesting that so many of you say how "into herself" she is on the show, and yet say she is a "no talent."  She is the HOST!  If she was famous for her singing (or something else) she would be called a GUEST! She makes everyone feel at ease, she relates to the normal in all of us, she's upbeat and fun.  It will make a difference who they decide to use as the co-host, but from all I've seen she seems to be able to adapt to almost anyone.  If she could adapt to Regis she's a pro in my book.  Also people, lay off the "too thin" comments.  She's active, exercises and is barely over 5 ft. tall.  If she were heavier then you would all be ragging on that point. Sit back and enjoy the show and stop all the blah, blah, blah, blah, blah (or hit the off button on your remote)  Jeesh!
Jan 8, 2012 6:21PM

      I believe Kelly Ripa is sitting in that spot for a reason - because she deserves to be! You were THE BEST person for the job when you were hired and you still are! I'll continue to watch no matter who they sit next to you.

You have the ability to get along with every person they sit next to you and that is something to be admired. 


An East Coast Girl  

Jan 8, 2012 12:18PM
Yous people KILL ME !!! We need an Eastcoasterner for that job !! That's why Kelly is good cuz she's from Jersey , people !! The charm of the show is the " local feel " it has !! It makes me feel like home everyday I watch !! How the hell is any " Cali Boy " gonna know to talk about the hot dog vendor strike or whatever ? Tony Danza would be a SCREAM !!!
Jan 8, 2012 10:09AM
I HATED this show till Regis left!!! PARTY!!! The only reason Regis had Kelly Ripa or Kathy Lee on as his co- host was for them to look Totally Stupid, Dumb ect.. & Regis to shine..... No wonder ratings are rising after he is gone..... Would love to see Rob Lowe on more often.... great show!!!! Kelly Ripa~ " YOU GO GIRL"!!!!
Jan 8, 2012 2:52AM
I could not stand Kelly from the moment she took over the stage/show!  I watched for a number of years, including many with Kathie Lee, but when the camera hogging brat plopped in and began her take over, I tuned out and never watched again...even the final episode.  She got what she wanted, but I have no fondness for her phony humor.  Don't find her funny and don't care for her personality, at all.  Good luck Regis, she will go down in heavily made up flames, get your marshmallows ready for roasting...Eye-rolling
Jan 7, 2012 9:15PM
I never watched regis until Kelly came on the show. Kelly is quick, funny and is up for anything, unlike grumpy old Regis.  I think she could carry the show on her own, but if a co-host is needed,  Neil Patrick Harris and her have a real chemistry!!
Jan 7, 2012 6:03PM
I watched some of the first shows but all Kelly did was tell Jerry how great he was and Jerry told Kelly how wonderful she is.  I haven't watched or recorded it since.  I have switched over to Hallmark channel to watch Martha.....
Jan 4, 2012 9:17AM
Kelly ,in no way can carry this show to sucsess.All she ever talks about is herself ,Mark and her kids..boring!.She doesn't even let her guest co-host get a word in.She tends to get under the skin of her guests.I did notice the crickets when she thinks she said something funny.
Dec 30, 2011 11:38AM
It's hard to take any of these articles seriously when I have to read and re-read them due to all of the grammar errors and poor wording. Who writes this stuff? Can you say EDIT? It just makes it all sound more like drivel than it already is.
Dec 28, 2011 12:06PM

Sorry, but I watched the show with Jerry co-hosting the first three days, not that great and actually seemed a little awkward.  Then I watched for the next week but lost interest quick.  I loved Regis and Kelly and watched almost every morning for the past 8 years.  Kelly alone or with someone else is just not that good, and definitely not interesting enough for me to want to spend an hour of my time watching everyday. Sorry Kelly :(

Dec 28, 2011 11:31AM

REGIS & KATHIE LEE had the chemistry! "Live" cannot re-capture that!

At this point Kelly's Co Host could help the show survive, NICK CANNON would be excellent, he's young, funny and very real. His presence on AGT has made a huge difference!

Carson Kressley, Chad Ocho or Brian Williams (News) would also work!

And yes, Kelly was much prettier when she was a little heavier, as a role model for her young fans she should encourage a healthy body.

She is doing a great job trying to keep the ratings up.

Miss Regis!

Dec 28, 2011 10:19AM
I love you Kelly and will support you whatever your choice.  You are solid.  I think you could do this alone.  Or perhaps another woman if not a man.  I love the idea of girlfriends talking.  I know someone that would be great as a co-host. Although, she is not hollywood.  She is as spontaneous as you and not afraid of the camera.  She sings jazz (wonderful vocalist) and loves an audience. Call me, I know she would love the opportunity.  In the meantime, your parade of cohost has been great.  You are doing well on your own.  I am enjoying you immensely. Enjoy your time!!!
Dec 24, 2011 10:09AM
I enjoy  Kelly...........she is just a spontaneous, happy person.  All these critics probably don't like much of anything.  I enjoyed Regis too but don't blame him for wanting time for himself.  Come on, people, let Kelly don't like her, don't watch.
Dec 24, 2011 12:43AM
Who is kidding who...I don't know anyone who has watched the show since REG left, and I know a lot of people we all feel the same HE was the show and Kelly sucks and always has, so good luck trying to make people believe its ratings are higher, better do some recounting
Dec 24, 2011 12:41AM
Anybody who prefers Regis to Kelly is just a lost soul...
Dec 23, 2011 11:58PM
Kelly's forehead and eyebrows never move! Botox??? That drives me crazy! Just not interesting enough of a person for me.
Dec 23, 2011 10:37PM
What ever they do ... please, please DO Not employee Kelly's husband Mark! Boring!
Dec 23, 2011 10:27PM

This is simply a matter of the ABC spin doctors working overtime.  Of course they aren't going to say the show's ratings have dropped.  On this matter, why would Perez and the Post be lying about the ratings?  Is ABC being truthful about the ratings on their other shows?  How is "The Chew" doing?


I was a loyal viewer for 25 years, but I cannot stand Ripa alone.  I didn't like the way ABC treated Regis in the end, either.

Dec 23, 2011 9:39PM
She is nothing without Regis.  I think someone should have a show "Country Music" and have all the GREAT Country Music people on.  That would so much more entertaining than Ripa. 
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