Are You There, Chelsea is a sitcom based on comedian Chelsea Handler book and life. The Chelsea Lately star could just be what NBC needs to get ratings back from the other networks. NBC should be pleased with the mediocre ratings the show pulled in, especially since it drew in more viewers than “fan favorite” Whitney.
According to Nielson Ratings, Are You There, Chelsea drew in 2.3 million viewers, while Whitney (you know that instant hit NBC’s been bragging up all season) only drew in 2.1 million. This is a six percent difference in ratings.
Handler recently admitted that she didn’t have time to star in her own sitcom. She told press at the TCA winter viewing party that her schedule just doesn’t allow. “I have a job every single day and I have another job and another job,” she said. “I don’t have time to star in my own TV show. If I did, I would. I like my E! show, I like being under the radar.”
The Chelsea Lately star added that she likes Laura Prepon as her better anyway. “I was a lot angrier than she is,” Handler said. “We all wanted to give Laura the license to make the character as great as she could and she has. I like myself better as her.”
Maybe this something Whitney Cummings should try. One of the biggest downfalls of Whitney is that she’s too whiny and obnoxious for anyone to relate to- or even laugh at. The rest of the cast is incredibly comical, but Whitney is one of the reasons people just aren’t tuning in.
Though the ratings were only mediocre, NBC needs to realize that it’s up against ABC’s comedy night. All the shows on ABC have strong followings, so it’s likely people DVR NBC Wednesday night shows to watch at another time. Are You There, Chelsea is one of NBC’s more promising new shows in the last year.