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Arsenio Hall Returns in Strong Form: His Show is #1

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by Barry Burch Jr.

Arsenio Hall; he’s back, and in a big way.  Coming in at number one out of the 25 biggest cities with his new syndicated show, Hall has perfectly illustrated that he still has what it takes to make people tune in.

The new show premiered on Monday, and if the early ratings are any indication of what’s to come then we are looking at the new King of late-night.  “The Arsenio Hall Show” averaged a highly impressive 1.0 rating in the essential category of viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, as reported by The New York Times.  Though the initial ratings are limited in reach in that they do not include total viewer totals, they do show that Hall’s presence was definitely felt.

According to the site, Mr. Hall’s ratings put him ahead in those 25 cities, in front of big name late-night stars, including Jimmy Kimmel on ABC (0.8); Jay Leno on NBC (0.6); and David Letterman on CBS (0.5).

What’s more, Hall has nearly doubled the ratings of every station’s average that would have been in his line up just a year ago.

Hall’s success has been seen before; however.  In 2009, when Conan O’Brien took over the “Tonight” show, he scored a 3.8 rating in the same 18-49 group that Hall scored a 1.0 in.  Hall, who is 57, has been away from late-television for almost 20 years, and should be pleased with his performance as his powerhouse competition, included “Monday Night Football” on ESPN.

“The Arsenio Hall Show” first premiered in 1989 and ran until 1994.  The show became a breakout, late-night success, rating especially high among the younger demographic.  It was known for its audience’s distinctive alternative to applause: chanting “Roo, Roo, Roo!,” while pumping their fists.  In 2012, Hall was the winning contestant on NBC’s reality-competition game show, Celebrity Apprentice.

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  7. Can anyone recall The Arsenio show that had Vanilla Ice as a guest an Ice told Arsenio that he owe all he has become as a rapper to this Black man in the audience an he ask the brother to come to the stage an Arsenio Dissed tha brother unmercifully. Haven’t cared for him since,an with Donald trump backing him i would assume his head is in the same position.

  8. When oh when, will we stop the hating…go get your own show…you have no idea of the mazes all people of color have to manuever to make each day…..
    Do your homework, make a paradigm shift, in to teaching this generation our American History that really includes all of us….shame on you, and how dare you continue the hating…how does that really make you feel? Strong, no on my part you all are out on the limb of Ignorance…and you show the world just how misinformed you are.
    Bless all who know the real from the hate..

  9. Glad he’s back what channel is he on ?

  10. Arsenio need to level/even out the jokes on Black. He can show poor speaking White and Latinos and others when the camera is stuck in their face. Good guest the first two shows. I do not think the show will last because we have all grown up and changed what we do with our time.

  11. @brooklynone …. YOUR WHITENESS IS SHOWING… NOW GO GET YOUR PEOPLE’S OUT THE SUN! #RACIEST

    • i am not white you dumb fuk. go look at my other comments.
      .
      i just hate the fact you fuking clowns allow this **** agenda to spread, to the point to where i am listening to al sharpton right now at 2:05pm promoting this nonsense.
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      50 years from now you will not have a population dummy.

  12. I GUESS ALL YOU SO CALLED BLACK PEOPLE WILL JUST IGNORE THE FACT HE IS BACKED BY RACIST DONALD TRUMP,
    AND HE IS WEARING MASCARA AND LIP GLOSS.
    .
    I AM REALLY STARTING TO HATE YOU ***** ES, BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ADDRESS THESE THINGS.

  13. AS SALAAM ALAIKUM. WILL YOU HAVE THE HON. MINISTER LOUIS FARRAKHAN ON YOUR CURRENT SHOW IN THE NEAR FUTURE ?

  14. It’s ok, nothing to write home about. He should keep those exceptionally long bones in his pocket.

  15. If you all will recall the only reason he was cancelled the 1st time was after he had on the Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan on his show after the Jewish owners of the network threatened to cancel him if he went through with it. He did and about a week later they got rid of him. I’m sure the episode is on YouTube look it up the minister talks about it.

    • Dr. Payne,

      You are precisely correct. Many folks are not acknowledging that fact. Younger ones and folks that aren’t political may not know. .

  16. I forgot how good his old show used to be. Must feel good to leave at the top of your game and come right back a not miss a beat.

  17. Welcome back Arsenio Hall, missed you. God Bless your show.

  18. Welcome back Arsenio your show is #1 in my book, you are better than ever!!!

  19. good stuff!

  20. Glad 4 U man. Good come back. Do UR thing Doc. I’m a 67′ old senior and proud of it. ROO,ROO,ROO!!

  21. Hey my Brother!
    Man let’s do it again
    You the power
    The star-power that is !

    Welcome Back Arcenio
    Do that stuff man.

    PoetDannyQueen

  22. brooklyn one aka sean from brooklyn

    on a side note would black people get off of twitter with your children!
    .
    name a rich white male in business not the ones in stupid brainwashed hollywood. i am talking about executives.that show their children on facebook, or any other venue.
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    they don’t because it is a security risk. black people follow white people culture to much, just look at the flamer in the above story.

  23. brooklyn one aka sean from brooklyn

    this effeminate black male has on lip gloss and mascara.
    .
    wtf
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    black/afro american males are lost.

  24. Missed you Arsenio, glad your back, and I’m over 60yrs old.

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