‘The Arsenio Hall Show Canceled;’ Interesting Foresight
I wondered because I thought it was weird that Fox 17, which shows the show locally, had moved it to 11:35 p.m. when its launched its new 11 p.m. newcast.
At first, it looked like it was just a competitive move. Put the news on and then bump “Arsenio” to 11:35 to compete with Dave and the Jimmys.
But after reading the cancellation story, it seems other Tribune-owned stations (like Fox 17) had moved “AH” to 11:35 or even out of the 11 p.m. to midnight hour altogether. It just wasn’t getting the 18- to 49-year-olds’ ratings.
In New York, the station that ran “Arsenio” has already put on “Seinfeld” reruns.
Of course, the original “AH” show debuted in 1989. It was groundbreaking.
Still diverse, that unique aspect of the show now has plenty of competition. There weren’t all the cable channels or YouTube streams back then. And now every sitting president goes on TV shows.
Was President Barack Obama ever on “AH?”
And even the O.J. Simpson controversy of 1994 couldn’t save the show then, which went off the air right around the time of that whole media circus.
That was 20 years ago this week.