When it comes to the latest battle in daytime TV, we know that there are going to be all sorts of fluctuations that happen over the first few weeks, as people really start to figure out just what they want to spend their hours of the day watching. For the time being, though, we do know what new talk show hosts are in a good position (Katie Couric, Steve Harvey), and who may already be in trouble (Jeff Probst).
When it comes to “Katie,” the 2.3 household rating the show drew for its second episode on Tuesday was a pretty decent drop from the 2.8 it had in the premiere; but considering that this was in itself the best start for a daytime talk show in over a decade, we have a feeling that neither Couric nor the producers are very concerned about it. Meanwhile, Harvey has consistently hovered around a 1.4-1.5 in his first week and a half as a host, and the lack of movement here is a great sign that the comedian already has a loyal fan base that could even grow over time.
Meanwhile, Probst is going to have to use some of that “Survivor” determination to make his self-titled talk show worthy of going the distance. The 0.7 rating for Tuesday’s show is a troubling drop of 30% from the premiere, and it could mean trouble for the host and adventure-lover in the future. We’ve said this from the beginning, but we really don’t think the “Survivor” audience is interested in daytime TV, and Probst is going to have a difficult time finding his target crowd in an environment that is unfamiliar to him.
Do you think that all three of these shows are going to be around long-term? We want to hear some more your thoughts below! If you are interested in checking out our review of the “Katie” premiere, you can do so by heading on over to the link here.