CBS’ The Talk bagged its largest weekly audience ever in its fourth season premiere – 2.80 million viewers. That’s 20% higher then last year’s premiere crowd (2.33 million). Among women 25-54, the season debut (1.2 rating) was up 20% and matched the show’s all-time high. In its season return, The Talk had featured its co-hosts revealing personal secrets, including Julie Chen’s much-talked-about news she’d had plastic surgery on her eyes two decades ago to make them look larger, after her boss at a local TV station told her they were holding back her career. Sharon Osbourne revealed she’d dated Jay Leno, while they were each single.
With The Talk nipping at its heels, ABC’s The View trotted out its overhauled gaggle, featuring new host Jenny McCarthy and minus Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and hit a five-month high of 3.01 million viewers. In women 25-54, The View hit a 1.2 rating – a seven month high.
After The View, ABC’s The Chew clocked 2.59 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the demo – it’s most watched week in more than a year and a half in the demo, and in nearly 8 months in overall audience.