There's a whole world of television that airs when nine-to-fivers are still chained to their cubicles, and though it's dominated by tales of long-lost evil twins, backstabbing stepmothers, and the occasional demonic possession, daytime television still deserves to hand out golden statuettes recognizing excellence.
The 35th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards were held on Friday night in Los Angeles, and CBS and ABC walked away the biggest winners.
Taking home the award for Outstanding Drama Series was ABC's General Hospital, adding another win to its growing trophy case. General Hospital's Anthony Geary won lead acting honors for his role as Luke Spencer, and Jeanne Cooper was recognized as the best drama actress for portraying Katherine Chancellor on CBS's The Young and the Restless.
Ellen DeGeneres took a familiar trip to the podium to ...Read more
Newcomer Rachael Ray cooked up the best debut for a syndicated talk show since Dr. Phil's launch four years ago, according to Nielsen Media Research data for the week ending September 24.
Rachael Ray averaged a 2.3 household rating, ranking No. 4 in the talk genre. It was the best rating for a talker's debut week since Dr. Phil averaged a 4.4 in September 2002.
Coincidentally, both are proteges of talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, whose show led the genre last week with an average 6.5 rating for its 21st-season premiere. It was followed by Dr. Phil (4.9) and Live With Regis and Kelly (3.1).
Among other newcomers in the talk genre, The Megan Mullally Show averaged a modest 0.9 in its debut week, tying with the second week of The Dr. Keith Ablow Show.
Rachael Ray does it again. She brings her flair and zest for cooking along with her down-to-earth nature and combines it with her genuine warmth to give us a wonderful new talk show that literally makes you feel right at home. Creative and colorful sets combined with a wide variety of special guests help to make this a great show. She interacts with her audience in such a way that makes you feel as if you are spending that time with a girlfriend. Her question and answer segment where she answers questions from the viewers adds a special touch, and it's a treat to watch her prepare meals alongside her various guests and share conversation as well as culinary tips.moreless