Prince Pumps Up Ratings for Arsenio Hall’s Latenight Show

Prince Pumps Up Ratings Arsenio Hall's

A rare television appearance by Prince provided a ratings jolt for “The Arsenio Hall Show” on Wednesday.

In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the singer’s guest appearance on the syndicated talker averaged a 1.4 household rating/3 share — a 56% spike over the show’s February sweep average. It was also up 50% in the adults 18-49 demo (0.6/3), a score higher than TBS’ “Conan” (0.4/1), which airs at the same time in many markets.

Prince’s visit came a week after “The Arsenio Hall Show” was renewed for a second season. That announcement was made by Jay Leno, who appeared in a cameo on the show just a few weeks after exiting NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”

On Wednesday’s “Arsenio,” Prince performed a new tune, “Funknroll,” and took questions from the audience. He also performed the vintage track “She’s Always In My Hair” as well as premiering new song “Mutiny.”

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  1. LEGEND says:

    Very good to have Arsenio back!!!! Still the best when it comes to late Night! HE’S A REAL DUDE that anyone can relate to.

  2. SL says:

    FYI: Mutiny is an old song, actually–by “The Family”. Horrible version, but the rest of the show was cool. He needs to play 3rdeyegirl stuff like he does overseas–seems like he took some of the grit out of it for TV…

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