A direct descendant of radio's "Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour" (1934-1946), hosted by Major Edward Bowes until his death. After a one-year hiatus, Ted Mack, who had directed Bowes' ... See full summary »
The show was syndicated and aired on some CBS affiliates throughout the country. When Late Show with David Letterman (1993) premiered, many CBS affiliates moved Hall's show to a later time slot or dropped the show altogether. Hall's show also aired on some Fox affiliates. One week later, Fox premiered The Chevy Chase Show (1993) and Hall's show suffered the same fate. Even though Chase's show was short-lived, Hall was unable to retrieve his previous time slots. Hall's show was still popular in the markets where his show had not been moved or replaced but the nationwide ratings had sharply declined. See more »
Hall vs. Carson: Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.
When Johnny Carson went off the air, in part because younger viewers were leaving NBC for The Arsenio Hall Show (1989), two networks decided to launch new late night show:
1. CBS-David Letterman, including in his contract the 12:30 am time slot for his production company take over.
2. Fox-Chevy Chase for a brief 13 week run.
Before these new shows, The Arsenio Hall Show was found on approximately 100 CBS affiliates around the country at 11:30 pm. Those time slots were now unavailable to Hall. Less known, is that 70+ Fox affiliates were also running the Arsenio Hall Show at 11:00 pm. Here they had to move him to the midnight hour, were there are less viewers and less ad revenue, or drop this syndicated show all together.
Combine that with the controversies surrounding this show-documented else where-it was just a matter of time.
I have a question: If Hall's success had not quickened Carson's retirement would he have lasted longer?
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