PRINCE & Arsenio Photo: ArsenioHall.com

Arsenio Hall may want to have PRINCE on his late night talk show a lot more often. The reclusive music icon more than doubled Arsenio's audience in the takeover special that aired last night.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arsenio's ratings jumped 50 percent in the 18-49 demographic with Prince's appearance, giving him his youngest viewing audience to date.

In total, ratings were up 56% for Arsenio in all households and higher than his February sweeps numbers. Arsenio was also trending on Twitter for a majority of the night due to the purple one's appearance.

It tied him with Jimmy Kimmel and for the first time since his opening week, gave him higher ratings than Conan O'Brien and Chelsea Handler. Arsenio did trail Jimmy Fallon whom it is being reported has started a booking war that people have to appear on The Tonight Show first before appearing anywhere else. We have a feeling Fallon will make an exception for Prince.-DocFB

Diagnosis: PRINCE is high on everyone's booking list including Ellen, who on Monday had her highest rated show ever and this season has been her best ever ratings wise.



PRINCE Photo: ArsenioHall.com

PRINCE, 3RDEYEGIRL, THE NPG, & LiV WARFIELD took over The ARSENIO HALL show last night with funk-filled jams and with FUNKNROLL flair!

In case you missed it for some odd reason or want to see it again and again, here is the FULL show that was uploaded to PRINCE's new OFFICIAL YOUTUBE account! We will talk about that more later. Thanks to a funkenberry reader for the heads up.

For now, enjoy the show!-DocFB




Arsenio Hall Show

PRINCE, 3RDEYEGIRL, THE NPG, and LiV WARFIELD take over ARSENIO HALL tonight! Make sure to tune in for 4 performances, an interview, a Q&A, and LOVE advice from the purple one himself!

Arsenio just released the preview clip above.

Interesting story about the Oscars and bumping into someone. That was done to me a few years ago and the person who bumped me was a dude and he was trying to get me to turn to be in the photo that his personal photographer was taken. Needless to say, I knew it was a dude who cooked omelets and I did not turn into the photo like he wanted.

The Arsenio taping was FUN!

People there were Nicole Sherzinger, Lianne La Havas, The Twinz, and many more you will see tonight sitting on a couch, enjoying the performance just like you will be!-DocFB

Diagnosis: Who touched people's hair uninvited. Nasty!


Shade: LL Cool J “Kanye Is A Good Rapper…When He Is Not Complaining”

Kanye West & LL Cool J Photo: TeamKanyeDaily.com

LL Cool J appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show last night to talk about his TV show "CSI: L.A." and not perform. Arsenio asked him which rappers out now are good and it took a shady turn quickly.

He liked Kid Ink, Tyga, because they reminded of him when younger. He gave a shout out to Kendrick Lamar as well. Then Kanye was brought up.

LL thinks Kanye is cool when he is not complaining and he knew immediately that more than likely Kanye was going to destroy him. Maybe on a Twitter tirade, a song mix tape, or next time he sees him.

Arsenio wouldn't let it go without putting his thoughts on it, mentioning when he walked into a sign last year. Ouch. It is not like Kanye is actually doing Arsenio's show though is he?-DocFB

Diagnosis: Kanye is set to appear on Late Night With Seth Myers this week where he is scheduled to talk and perform. Will he respond?


Arsenio Debuts With Huge Ratings But Kimmel, Fallon, & Letterman Steal His Thunder!

Arsenio Hall.  Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images

The Arsenio Hall show debuted with huge numbers but not huge guests last night. It is great to see him back. Will the ratings stay that high or were the ratings due to a curiosity interest in Arsenio?

Make sure to catch tonight's "What's Up Doc" to where this will be a topic of discussion!

Arsenio had Jay Leno, Tara Reid, and Paula Abdul as special guests. The confirmed guests were Chris Tucker and Snoop Dogg/Lion.

Fallon had Steve Harvey and Duck Dynasty but a surprise performer of Kanye West with Charlie Wilson.

David Letterman had Janelle Monae on his show last night.

Kanye and Janelle seemed like perfect guests for Arsenio, especially on his debut episode. I understand for nostalgia having Snoop on but Kanye or Janelle should have been on his show.

Although the ratings went to Arsenio, Kimmel led in popularity trending on Twitter for almost the entire night as it was found out he was behind a Twerking fire video that went viral and fooled everyone that it was staged.

Arsenio's guests for Tuesday night will be Ice Cube, Lisa Kudrow, and Mac Miller. Can he pull off getting a few cast members from "Friends" to be on the show?

Kimmel has Simon Cowell, Stacey Kiebler and Gary Clark Jr. That is a pretty stacked episode.

Letterman has Billy Crystal and Sheryl Crow. Eh.

Fallon has Michelle Pfiefer, David Cross, and Volcano Choir.

Unless Arsenio pulls in a surprise guest, Kimmel's episode on paper looks better.-DocFB

Diagnosis: We are rooting for Arsenio. When his show first aired, all he had to do was worry about Johnny Carson. Now, there is a lot more competition. He needs to dominate on guests and ratings now. He has one. Time to get the other.....


A Year Before Arsenio Is Set To Return, The Late Night Wars Heat Up!

Arsenio Hall is a year away from his late night return. Jimmy Kimmel was fine with his time slot of 12:00 A.M, a half hour before Leno and Letterman battle it out, where Leno has remained supreme after the Conan debacle. Starting in January 2013, Kimmell will be moving to 11:35 P.M. where he will go head to head and chin with Jay Leno and David Letterman.

ABC is also trying to set up Jimmy Kimmel to host the Academy Awards after the Oscar's were wanting to get Jimmy Fallon to host the show. ABC actually got involved knowing what was at stake with Arsenio returning and Fallon eventually taking over "The Tonight Show" in a few years.

Leno has had attention on him this week for 20 people from his staff being forced to let go. If you believe Howard Stern however, Leno was trying to get rid of them and not look like the bad guy.

Leno and Kimmell have had a less than friendly rivalry. When Kimmel was entering the late night fray about 10 years ago, he said he got a call from Jay wishing him luck but "not understanding why they need another late night show." When Jay was set to leave "The Tonight Show" and be replaced by Conan, ABC let Kimmel know they were set to offer Jay the 11:35 time slot and move Kimmel back to 12:35. During a writers strike, Jay appeared on Kimmel and said "I'm just wondering if your desk looks better where it is or over there." confirming the talks ABC had with Jay.

When Jay moved to 10 P.M. for the ill-fated "The Jay Leno Show" Conan O'Brien did not understand his time would be limited as host of "The Tonight Show" unless he got kick-ass ratings. He didn't and NBC's "in case of emergency" landing of Jay at 10 p.m. instead of losing him to ABC worked. They cancelled Jay and gave Conan an ultimatum that forced him out of "The Tonight Show" and put Jay in. Letterman and Kimmell, who thought they were done with Jay came up with nightly Leno jokes until Oprah got involved.

Now with Arsenio Hall set to return to the late night wars of September 2013, and a surprising 85% of the nation already picking up the show in syndication, ABC felt it was the right time to move Kimmell into direct battle with Leno and Letterman. Kimmel is the only late night host where ratings have been up.

ABC knows Leno and Letterman are getting up there in age, and soon in a few years, it will be "The Arsenio Hall Show" versus "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" versus "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" in the battle for late night. It would be safe to see Conan taking over for Letterman when Letterman steps down at CBS as well.

There is no doubt in my mind that Arsenio will succeed. The person who may suffer in this is the person who has had the best guests, musical and otherwise on his show the past few years which is Jimmy Fallon. Fallon's fan base and mixture to guests rivals those of Arsenio back in his 90's heyday.

There are way too many late night show's who seem to have the same guests on during the week. Let's make no mistake about it; the reason for Kimmell moving to 11:35 is because of Arsenio's return and to get that audience used to tuning in at that time instead of midnight.

Expect a booking war for guests with Arsenio, Leno, and Kimmel all being in Los Angeles, which will benefit Fallon and Letterman.

Let the late night wars begin! Who will U be watching?-DocFB


Celebrities Take To Twitter About The Death Of Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius File Photo
Don Cornelius File Photo

Don Cornelius File Photo

Here are tweets from celebrities reacting to the passing of legend Don Cornelius.