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Rosie Scores Big in "View" Debut

9/7/2006 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

For all the hype and the uncertainty about what might happen on "The View" once Rosie O'Donnell arrived, one thing's for sure: A lot more people are watching, at least according to the ratings for Rosie's first day.

Rosie's debut on Tuesday attracted 4 million viewers nationwide, which was a 54 percent jump from the same day a year ago, when the show attracted 2.7 million viewers, reports the New York Post. What's more, the show also increased its numbers among its sweet-spot audience, women 18-49 years old.



Of course, it's been a good week for debuting talk and news programs. Katie Couric's first night as the anchor of the "CBS Evening News" drew a huge 9.1 rating, more than doubling the rating from the year before. And "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" opened its fourth season on Monday with a record 3.3 rating, which was nearly 30 percent better than its season premiere from 2005.

Reality Princesses Engage in Boy-Swapping

Just as things appear to be heating up between Nicole Richie and Brody Jenner, it seems that Jenner's ex-girlfriend Kristin Cavallari and Richie's ex-fiance Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein might be getting together as well. Two separate sources today report that the pair, in New York for a Guess anniversary party and other events, hung out together at celeb-boite Bungalow 8. Lloyd Grove says they were there until 4 a.m. "cuddling" while Page Six says Cavallari "chatted up" Goldstein until 3. Still, they did arrive at Capitale for the Guess gala together, though AM's rep insists that the two are "just friends."

Lionel Worried That Nicole Will Become Next Princess Di

Meanwhile, pop legend Lionel Richie says that he took his daughter Nicole to a doctor because he was worried about her dramatic weight loss, and that the doctor assured him that she isn't afflicted with anorexia, despite the pictorial evidence. "I stood in front of [the doctor], just like you and I now, looked him in the eyes, and I said 'Is it anorexia?'" says Richie, in the Swedish newspaper Expressen (via MSNBC). "And he said, 'It isn't anorexia.'"

Lionel attributes Nicole's weight issues to stress, and says that he lives "with the constant fear that Nicole is going to become the next Princess Diana" because she is followed so relentlessly by the paparazzi. "I always know when Nicole is on her way home because she is always followed by a helicopter and seven cars. It's harassment," says Richie.

Four More Years For Letterman

David Letterman will be coming to your late-night TV screen for at least four more years. According to sources cited by the Hollywood Reporter, Letterman is "close to finalizing" a contract extension with CBS that will keep him as the host of "The Late Show with David Letterman" through the 2009-2010. There was never any doubt that the deal with be made, says the sources, and it will keep Dave on the air one year longer than Jay Leno, who is slated to finish his tenure on "The Tonight Show" sometime in 2009.

This round of negotiations stands in stark contrast to the last time the two sides had to make a deal over four years ago, when Letterman felt underappreciated by CBS and nearly jumped ship to ABC.

Party Favors: Aiken Named To Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Spielberg and Lloyd Webber Get Kennedy Nods, Paris' Grandma Was Reportedly A Mob Moll

According to the White House, former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken has been named to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The committee was originally formed in 1961 by President Kennedy as the President's Panel on Mental Retardation. Aiken has worked as a YMCA counselor ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Steven Spielberg, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, and conductor Zubin Mehta have been anointed this year's Kennedy Center honorees ... Paris Hilton's grandmother, according to a new book about the Hilton family, was married to a notorious gangland figure when her daughter Kathy – Paris' mom – fell in love with her dad, says Page Six. The underworld figure isn't named, but Paris has talked about her grandmother being "her best friend."
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no one    

Rosie scores big? What did she, get it on with Joy Behar?

2779 days ago
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Erin    

I will definitly watch the View from now on since Rosie is on there! I think she is so funny and it takes the View from being a stuffy show attracting only older viewers to being hysterical and attracting a new generation of viewers. The show gives a positive message to women about themselves and their lives and I believe that younger girls need to see what real women look like and that you don't have to be Brittany Spears to be on TV or have a television show. So, Major Kudos to Rosie...........I tuned in yesterday for the first time in years!

2779 days ago
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sickofitall    

Rosie has a big mouth, but at lease she is entertaining and intelligent at the same time.

2779 days ago
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Lisa D    

Go Rosie,from ont. can. she will spice up this once boring morning show...

2779 days ago
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Johnny B    

I say we all go on one of Rosey's "gay cruises"!! She's such a cutie-patootie!!

2779 days ago
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ALLIE KAYE    

I DID WATCH THE VEIW THE PAST FEW DAYS. I NOTED THAT THE FORMAT HAS CHANGED TO INCLUDE PRIZE GIVE AWAY'S AND MORE COMEDY.KIND OF THE THE WAY THE ROSIE SHOW WAS RAN. I THINK ROSIE IS TRYING TO FIT INTO THE CONCEPT OF NOT BEING A ONE PERSON SHOW. SHE IS A CAMERA HOG & DEMANDS ATTENTION WHEN OTHER'S ARE IN THE SPOTLIGHT. ELIIZABETH HAD A INTERVEIW YESTERDAY ABOUT ANIMAL'S INSTEAD OF ALLOWING HER TO DO HER STINT, ROSIE WENT LOOKING FOR A CAT THAT WENT AWOL. ROSIE 'S ANTIC'S WERE IGNORED BY ALL AND ELIZABETH FINISHED HER SEGMENT, ROSIE SHOULD HAVE LEFT THE CAT ALONE AND STOPPED TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE SEGMENT. SHE GOT A FEW LAUGHS AND ELIABETH MAINTAINED HER FOCUS. THE SHOW DOES HAVE NEW ENERGY BUT BARBARA IS BABYSITTING ROSIE AND JUMPING INTO ANY SITUATION THAT NEEDS TWEAKING OR CLARIFATION. ANYWAY I THINK ROSIE IS TRYING.

2779 days ago
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PN    

Wow, what a huge jump in ratings for The View! I saw the second show and Rosie O'Donnell was so funny! She fits well with the other ladies on the panel and isn't trying to steal the show from Barbara Walters. Her Tom Cruise obsession is still obvious with his recent baby with Katie Holmes in Vanity Fair magazine. Shades of her old show are felt this time in her new spot with them. And strong start for Katie Couric on her much hyped CBS debut--I was surprised that over 9 million tuned in!

2779 days ago
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Jeannie    

Love Rosie, she adds so very much to the once boring show! She is definately entertaining and I loved being entertained in the morning! Go Rosie! I will definately be watching her everyday. Finally, something on t.v. durilng the day and I can watch and enjoy...

2779 days ago
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Shannan    

She is the only thing interesting on that show. Well, that and Joy Behar trying to be funny at Rosie's expense and Rosie quickly dispatching her.

I wonder how long she will put up with that odious Barbara Walters trying to control her every word.

Why does the skewering of Joy and Barbara bring such... joy? The other one... Matt Hasselback's wife. She is just to pathetic to mock. She has to don a bathingsuit to pathe her child???? Poor Matt.

2779 days ago
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jolee    

just wanted to let everyone on the VIEW to know as long as that loud mouth rosie (puke) o'donnell is co-hosting I will not be watching!

2779 days ago
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duh...totally !    

omg!

boy swapping between Kristen and Nicole !

are we still in High School !?!?!?????

2779 days ago
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coco puff    

Funny pic, it looks like she's constipated. Why does she even bother to wear make-up, you can't polish a turd!

2779 days ago
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RiverRat    

Rosie has been on the View for less than a week - she's talked about pubic hair, she's jumped on the "I support Tom Cruise" bandwagon and she's talking about homosexuals being tougher than heterosexuals - can't wait for next week.

2779 days ago
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sam    

Turns out all the Rosie haters were wrong again. She's doing great and the majority of the View watchers like Rosie better then they did Star Jones. Good for Rosie, I watched and I laughed. I never use to watch the old view but I'll start now. Before you'll go off on a bender here.....watch the show first or don't comment.

2779 days ago
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kathleen    

MEREDITH was the best hostess on the VIEW. She was also the only one with an educated opinion. THE VIEW is my mom's favorite show--NOT mine!

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