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Entertainment Newsmagazine Wars: ‘Insider,’ ‘Extra’ Reboots Suffer Drop in Ratings for New Season

”Entertainment Tonight“ maintains dominance among magazine shows, despite its own dip

Syndicated entertainment newsmagazines “Extra” and “The Insider” have new faces in front of the cameras, but so far the fresh personalities haven’t led to boosted ratings.

Roughly a month into the new fall season, following the departures of “Insider” co-anchor Kevin Frazier and  “Extra” personality Maria Menounos — both shows are suffering ratings dips compared to the same point last season.

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Season to date, “The Insider” — which replaced Frazier with Louis Aguirre, the co-anchor of Miami entertainment show “Deco Drive” — has averaged a 1.2 household rating, placing it in 7th place among the magazine shows and down 14 percent compared to this point in the prior season. The total viewership numbers tell a similar story, with the show suffering a 16 percent slump compared to the prior season, from 1.943 million to 1.638 million, at the same point last year.

However, Frazier’s move to “Entertainment Tonight” hasn’t led to a corresponding ratings bump for his new home. While holding first place among the magazine shows — a position it’s maintained for 950 consecutive weeks — season-to-date “ET” is down 9 percent, with an average 3.2 million household rating. In total viewers, “Entertainment Tonight” — which over the summer saw the departure of Rob Marciano, who moved on to “Good Morning America” — is also down 9 percent season-to-date.

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Second-place “Inside Edition” is holding steady season-to-season with an average 2.8 household rating, with a minor uptick in total viewers for 4.070 million. TMZ, in third place, is also running even versus last season, with a 1.9 rating and 2.732 million total viewers.

“Access Hollywood,” in fourth place so far this season, is even versus last year with a 1.7 rating and slightly ahead in total viewers with 2.478 million. “Extra,” meanwhile, which welcomed new hosts Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson following Menounos’ departure — had a 6 percent dip in ratings with a 1.5 and was steady in total viewers with 2.14 million.

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