If you’re one of the now 129,000 people who’ve signed a petition to have Raven-Symoné removed from The View, don’t get your hopes up. E! reached out to ABC to see if they’d gotten wind of this viral effort to cut the mic of their most controversial co-host yet and, as expected, it turns out the network is actually quite happy with Raven’s buffoonery. A spokesperson told E! Online:
“We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”
What about ignorant, discriminatory, and incessantly contrary? Do those qualities also make her a great addition to the panel?
What the spokesperson really meant to say is as long as Raven keeps making outlandish comments to piss off people who normally wouldn’t watch our show but now tune in just to see what nonsense will come out of her mouth, we’re happy. See during the premiere week of season 19 of The View, the talk show hit a three-month high in terms of ratings. According to TV by the Numbers:
For premiere week of season 19, ABC’s “The View” averaged 2.506 million Total Viewers, 551,000 Women 25-54 and 413,000 Women 18-49 for the week of September 7, 2015, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “The View” turned in double-digit increases week to week (1.808 million, 363,000 and 282,000, respectively, for w/o 08/31/15) in Total Viewers (+39%), Women 25-54 (+52%) and Women 18-49 (+46%) to score its top performance in nearly 3 months – since w/o 6/22/15.
“The View” outdelivered CBS’ “The Talk” (2.011 million, 468,000 and 369,000, respectively)during the week in Total Viewers (+495,000), Women 25-54 (+44,000) and Women 18-49(+83,000). “The View” turned in its largest Total Viewer and Women 25-54 leads in over 8 months and biggest advantage in Women 18-49 in 5 months – since weeks of 11/24/14, 12/1/14 and 4/13/15, respectively.
So, instead of signing a petition, we really just need to turn off our TVs.