Bravo is expanding its chat show Watch What Happens Live, hosted by its executive-turned-blogger-turned-host-turned-TV personalty Andy Cohen, to five nights a week. It will air Sundays to Thursdays starting Jan. 8 thanks to the fact that Andy has higher ratings than fellow cable chat show hosts Chelsea Handler and Conan O’Brien. But it also means Andy will lose his executive vice president title.
Although the show retains approximately the same production values as it had when it was a streaming show on the web, and although it is often more of a train wreck than the train wreck reunion shows Andy hosts, the show has managed to draw non-Bravo reality stars as guests. More importantly, it is well-watched: its ratings have grown 20 percent this season.
The New York Times reports that it “already has among the strongest ratings for late night cable shows. Bravo reported that since September he has averaged a total audience of 1.2 million viewers, with 720,000 in the 18-to-49-year-old group that attracts most advertising money,” and that “would put Mr. Cohen ahead of other late-night cable hosts like Chelsea Handler and Conan O’Brien.”
The paper reports that “Cohen is giving up his executive vice president title, though he will remain in charge of program and talent development for the network.” Bravo president Frances Berwick told the Times that she “did hesitate a bit” with this decision, but called it “a very unique situation for a very unique person.”