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The Chew in Primetime

August 2, 2012 by Marc Berman in Highlights with 32 Comments
Day 2 of Cable at The Press Tour
Good Afternoon America – Week Three


It is not a permanent move. But ABC is hoping to ignite interest in daytime food-themed chatfest The Chew (and its fall line-up) with a one-hour primetime special on Sunday, September 2 at 7 p.m. ET. Featured will be a host of stars of upcoming ABC series including Andre Braugher (Last Resort), Jami Gertz (The Neighbors), Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), Reba (Malibu Country) and Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn of 666 Park Avenue. Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz host.

Written by Marc Berman

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Day 2 of Cable at The Press Tour
Good Afternoon America – Week Three

  • Debbie Joyce

    LOL. I smell a ratings disaster cooking!

  • yankeesrj12

    The hosts are also doing the ABC Fall Preview Show (on local stations). ABC is really giving The Chew a solid push in its second season.

  • carolc

    Does this mean that ABC is worried about the Chew’s ratings? They should be but I wish they’d spend as much time and energy to promote General Hospital.

  • camille

    Duck and Cover those of you who watch ABC on Sunday nights Fair Warning Change The Station….lol

  • carolc

    Please read Camille’s warning – she knows what she’s talking about.

  • bcoleman13

    ABC continues to go down hill. At one time I remember ABC was always on at my house – now it’s only one hour a day Monday thru Fridays watching the only soap they have left! Insane! They have absolutely nothing! Guess they won’t be seeing any big bonuses from now on! LOL!! Horrible network – horrible! Obviously a Cheap Network to boot! Sigh……….

  • sjmarcipan

    LOL Camile! Love it. I no longer watch ABC except for GH – Duh – so I won’t have to duck or cover. Hoping this means that GAWD awful show is having a ratings drop. I still have no clue how it’s even survived this long. Gag!

  • Smurf

    I’m sadden by ABC’s decision to continue to shove this show in our faces. If I don’t want to watch it during the day I certainly do not want to watch it on my Sunday evening while I’m relaxing before work the next day. ABC has ruined daytime tv and are on the verge of just wreaking it all together maybe they should sign over the rights to AMC and OLTL and quitely go into the night.

  • okicarol

    I will not be watching anything on ABC but General Hospital and Castle. I don’t care about ABC anymore since they no long care about their views.

    • okicarol

      Viewers—it is hot and I am not thinking clearly.

  • camille

    For the sake of Humanity I plead with you to avoid this show at all costs. It is terrible.

  • Nan

    A message to Mario ~~ if your show needs a boost in ratings, GO TO THE FOOD NETWORK!

  • okicarol

    I don’t know what ABC is thinking— the new shows are tanking and they are trying to make people believe the shows are doing GOOD— LOL ABC

  • NoMoreChew

    Is ABC EVER going to stop shoving garbage down our throats and telling us it’s champagne and Filet???? It’s like they just can’t help but PISS OFF SOAP FANS! NEWSFLASH! Soap fans watch other TV…..on OTHER NETWORKS. If you want to drive us further away, just keep pushing.

  • Cindy1951

    How to kill a network and lose money for the stock holders.Why would I want to watch a want-to-be cooking show when I have Cooking network,Food Network and PBS Create????????Shame ABC was once a great network not any more!!!!!!!!Run stock holders.

  • LindseyH

    Spewing after dinner is disgusting! I will continue to boycott ABC day and night except for the General Hospital hour.

  • iluvssw

    Will someone please tell me this is a joke because I really can’t stop laughing?

  • Luvbooks

    Sounds like they are desperate to me!! I won’t be watching that’s for sure!!

    • lady dianne

      u must be desperate abc. i cant believe u r still making bad choices. i only watch general hospital during my daytime and i will never tune into your boring cooking show the flop chew

  • nmelman

    Is this ever going to stop? It just keeps getting worse and worse. Unfortunately I am not laughing. Does any man want to watch a cooking show in primetime? I want to know who is going to watch more of their crap. Now onto making Katie bomb which won’t take much effort. ABC has the worst programming choices in history except the only good show they have GH. These people (Paul Lee for primetime) really are very dumb.

  • Barb Herman

    Cooking … in PRIME TIME?????? Whatever. Won’t be watching anyway. ABC has had disaster after disaster in programming and scheduling, and their ratings continue to plummet while they consistently wonder why. If they would just ASK the viewers (or should I say previous viewers – exception being General Hospital) the suits in NYC would quickly solve their ratings dilema. Sadly, they apparently don’t care enough. (sigh)

  • susanmz

    Gross, just gross.

  • tinafg

    Keep trying, fools!

  • CTwildheart

    Trying to boost their daytime ratings with a primetime special…not a bad idea – except the show is not what most people want to see!
    I would almost be glad if they moved it to primetime permanently!
    Sorry, still won’t watch…

    • Troy Turner

      While the idea for cross-promotion is not new-this reminds me of when networks would promote their Saturday morning lineup when we were kids-the real story here is that ABC has ZERO confidence in The Chew. Why else would you put this special on at 7/6 local on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend… We know the truth, ABC, and are NOT buying it…

  • crazyforpugs

    Primetime or Daytime, I will not watch The Chew. Too bad they didn’t work harder to make AMC and OLTL more successful. OLTL wasn’t doing a bad job on it’s own. They will never admit that they were wrong; we will never see those shows again thanks to ABC.

  • MistyV76

    It’s sad to see ABC ignore their real demographic and what that demographic has cried out for for over a year now. Give back the real programming that we want, scripted drama. Not a bunch of chatter about things that if we are interested in learning they have whole channels devoted to them already. For once, ABC, be unique and bring back All My Children and One Life To Live and bring your ratings back and above and beyond those of your competitors. Do something that no one else has, listen to your audience instead of trying to pull in viewers with cooking shows and babbling. It’s embarrassing.

  • Save TheSoaps

    I wouldn’t watch the chew if it was the only thing on television, I don’t care what time they put it on! I watch GH online and I will never, ever watch anything else on abc. I wish them nothing but the worst!

  • ShannonB

    When I first read about this, I thought it was a joke: Surely, no network would move a show from daytime to primetime with numbers like the chew has, right? How wrong I was. The leadership crisis at abc is even worse than I thought. Do they think that people aren’t watching because it’s on in the daytime? No…people aren’t watching because it is a BAD show.

    • Troy Turner


      This is not meant as a defense of what they’re doing, but you are aware that this is a special, right? As I have stated before-this shows that ABC has ZERO confidence in The Chew. Why else would you bury this at 7/6 local on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend…

  • sjmarcipan

    How pathetic. Won’t watch. ABC you suck.

  • dadinbrad

    The Chew wouldnt be so bad if they would get rid of that annoying Michael Symon guy. I turn the channel every time

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