Is Kris Jenner really going to be the next Katie Couric or Ellen DeGeneres on daytime TV? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. While “Kris” got off to a strong start in some markets, we’re still quite a long ways away right now from being able to say that this show has the potential to be a smash hit in the long run.
Overall, the premiere of the show drew some of its strongest ratings in Los Angeles (where the Kardashian family lives) and Dallas (ironic, given the whole Lamar Odom fiasco), and it also fared well in some other markets that Fox is really testing out the series. The goal here is clearly to do something similar to what we have seen in the past with Bethenny Frankel: Give the show a few opportunities to succeed in a test run, and then potentially order the show for the following fall.
But will “Kris” keep up the momentum? We’re not entirely sure about that, and for good reason. For one, reviews for the first two episodes were not exactly glowing, with the show being largely a Kardashian promotion hour that serves as an extension to the billions of other things that are already out there. Plus, it feels like so much of its success could be dependent on the host’s ability to get her daughters and her own famous friends on the show long-term; compared to someone like Couric who has decades of journalist experience or Ellen DeGeneres with a fantastic sense of humor, Kris struggles to bring as much to the table.
Then again, this show could turn into a ratings tidal wave if she is able to actually bring in the first TV interview with Kim Kardashian about the birth of her (sadly-named) daughter North West.