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Prince Pumps Up Ratings for Arsenio Hall’s Latenight Show

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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