Strong Start For Lopez Tonight

Posted by Audiegrl

georgeLopezTBSWebLatina Magazine/Lee Hernandez—By George, I think he’s got it. Comedian George Lopez’s new late-night talk show, Lopez Tonight, premiered to a very healthy 3.1 million viewers Monday night on three Turner Networks: TBS, TNT and TruTV, says Variety.

1.7 million of those combined total viewers watched the show on TBS—a good thing for the show since that’s where it will air weekly at 11 p.m. But more importantly, the debut—which featured guests Eva Longoria Parker, Kobe Bryant and Carlos Santana—performed solidly among adults (1 million viewers) in the key 18-49 demographic that advertisers love. “That’s higher than the current season averages (though not the premieres) of the adult demo draws for talk shows like CBS’ Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. If you use the combined three-net number, the show was sampled by more adult demo viewers than Conan O’Brien or David Letterman’s average,” writes The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd.

In even more good news for Lopez Tonight, the show, which aired in place of TBS’s usual reruns of My Name is Earl drew 70% higher household ratings than Earl. “Viewers are ready for a change, and George Lopez is an exciting addition to late-night television,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. “We are extremely proud of the success of last night’s premiere of Lopez Tonight and are confident the show will continue to be a big late-night hit.”

Lopez Tonight‘ offers surprising DNA test to Larry David

larry-davidOrlando Sentinel—TBS’ “Lopez Tonight” is billing itself as the first late-night show to offer DNA testing of its guests.

The shows promises that its Thursday episode will be different: “Larry David (‘Curb Your Enthusiasm‘) will get the surprise of his life when his true ethnicity is revealed.”

And the show hosted by George Lopez made this questionable boast: “It’s sure to be as good as an episode of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.‘”

Spoiler Alert: On the show last night, Larry discovered that he is 63 percent European, and 37 percent Native American.


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7 responses to “Strong Start For Lopez Tonight

  1. Larry David looked genuinely shocked at the news that he’s 37% Native American… that’s a very large percentage and would probably make him eligible to be a member of a tribe if he could figure out which one he’s from.

    If nothing else it’s fertile ground for another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm…

    • audiegrl

      I thought he looked shocked too Geo. But that’s pretty big information to get at his age, and really makes you think. Whoever thought of that hook, needs to get a raise. I think the show will be a big success, it reminded me so much of the Arsenio Hall show back in the 90’s. It had that kind of fun/party vibe.

      I think George Lopez is onto something! Maybe Pat Buchanan can get his DNA tested too. That would be a hoot just to see the look on his face. 😉

  2. Derrick Ho

    I wonder if this whole diversity thing is going to work. I think the intentions might be good but it’s starting to sound too gimmicky if you ask me. Just stick to being funny as they say in this video:

    • audiegrl

      Hey Derrick, welcome 🙂

      For me, the fact that Lopez is Latino is secondary. This guy has been doing stand-up for 30 years, and he know how to engage his audience. So he has the funny boxed checked and double checked.

      The fact that he is Latino is only a plus, because he brings his experiences with him.

      As he said in the clip you provided, his audience is about diversity and inclusion, and looks more like the 21st-century face of America. That is a huge deal… I caught one episode of Wanda’s new show, and have not seen Monique’s yet, so I’m reserving judgment on those shows. But I’ve seen three of Lopez’ shows, and he gets an enthusiastic thumbs-up from me.

      Plus his audience is have the time of their lives and laughing their a$$’s off. 😉

  3. Lopez & Sykes are funny as hell. That’s why I tune in. I agree w/you AG, their ethnicity is secondary. I hope their respective shows succeed. Sadly it’s the network honchos who pull the plug on good programming. They wouldn’t know funny if it bit ’em in the a$$. Case in point: Jay Leno. Go away already!

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