Kris Jenner is the matriarch of one of the most famous families
in the world, but it seems no amount of personal drama, scandals
and gushing about her granddaughter was enough to drive droves
of Americans to her self-titled FOX summer daytime talk show.
While “Kris” didn’t completely fall flat, it was far from a
raging success. So what went wrong?
“Fame isn’t a reason for people to watch something. People watch
the reality shows for drama, and because the Kardashian family
is kind of a train-wreck, not because of what they have to say,”
explained one closely connected television studio executive.
“The ratings weren’t a huge disaster because it is summer, but
talk show hosts need to offer something in particular. Ellen is
funny. Steve Harvey is funny.
Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz offer expert advice, and Wendy Williams is
[a pop culture expert] so viewers know what they will get from
these shows. What does ‘Kris’ offer?”
Ahead of its premiere on July 16, Jenner teased audiences with
the possibility that her newborn granddaughter North West may
turn up during the series premiere, and the first episode drew
solid numbers, averaging a 1.1 rating, but the baby never made
an appearance. The second week, “Kris” dropped 11 percent and as
time progressed, it was deemed to be “failing” by media critics.
Daughter Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend Kanye West finally gave the
program a much-needed bump last week after he appeared in a pre-
taped segment, which aired during the finale show Friday, and
flashed a picture of their 2-month-old daughter, North West.
But according to Life & Style, he wasn’t exactly a willing
A source told the publication that Jenner had a “mini-meltdown”
in front of her tight-knit family about the low ratings and
their lack of support, and because Kim apparently “didn’t feel
ready” to make an appearance herself, she begged West to take
her place. The segment drew a great deal of promotion and buzz
in the days prior, but some experts say a simple stunt like a
photo isn’t enough to secure Jenner a long-term deal.
Prior to the finale episode, “Kris” averaged a 0.8 household
rating in its test markets.
“Stunts are good for one-off ratings blasts, but for a show that
airs [multiple times] per week, it is really more of a question
of how to make the show as a whole more attractive to viewers on
an ongoing basis,” explained Los Angeles-based talent agent
executive Alec Shankman. “Talk shows are incredibly difficult to
launch for any host. Many shows with incredibly famous and well-
liked hosts have failed – often on an annual basis. So
speculation on Kris’ likability aside, it is just a really
difficult challenge for anyone.”
But despite the momager’s generally lackluster ratings, FOX has
yet to officially say yay or nay to “Kris” becoming a regular
"It is too soon to tell if the show will be back, usually a test
runs in the summer, and if it works for the network it would
return next fall,” an inside source at the network told us.
“Which is typical for syndicated shows, an example of that was
Bethenny Frankel's show."
FOX’s “Bethenny” premieres on Sept. 9, following a test run last
summer during which it posted better-than-expected numbers with
a 1.5 premiere rating. Jenner’s ratings also broke mostly even
with the same time last year.
And given that her talk show debut failed to take off in the
extraordinary way her E! reality show “Keeping Up With the
Kardashians” did when it launched six years ago, is this a sign
that Americans are starting to lose interest in the antics of
the famous family?
“Not at all,” one well-placed studio insider insisted. “Their
brand is drama, shenanigans, reality drama.”
But others beg to differ.
“I do believe that there has been a recent ‘change of tides’ in
the press and that much of what we’re seeing about the
Kardashians in the news lately is very negative,” Shankman added.
Reps for FOX and Jenner did not respond to a request for comment.
Yeah, negative...fat-assed ignorant Armenian nigger-fucking
whores named Kardashian is always a big seller...in niggerville.
In civilized non-nigger regions, not so much.