The show has done extremely well in the ratings department. It “has the highest reach of any late-night cable entertainment talk show among all key demos, with almost 17 million total viewers watching in 2021,” E! News reported.
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Cohen Praised His Team for Their Success Filming WWHL Through the Pandemic
Cohen appears to have a great deal of fun on WWHL. He has different guests on each night, and there are plenty of laughs. In a statement to media, Cohen expressed excitement about his show’s renewal.
“My WWHL team rose to every challenge of the pandemic, and getting to do WWHL for two more years is the ultimate reward,” he said. “We’re still having a ball making our show — whether our guests are virtual or in studio.”
Cohen had a similar response when Bravo last renewed WWHL for two years in 2019. “I keep waiting to stop having fun — or run out of guests, stories or booze; but the party rolls on and I couldn’t be more excited!” Cohen said at the time, according to Deadline.
In 2019, WWHL stood on its own as the “highest-rated late night ad-supported cable talk show” among females ages 18-49 and 25-54, according to Nielsen, Deadline reported at the time. In 2021, the show was “the highest-rated late-night talk show on ad-supported cable” among all adults age 18-49 “for the first time ever,” according to Nielsen, Deadline reported in January 2022.
There Were Rumors That WWHL Was Going to Be Canceled
In October 2021, TikTok user TheKempire made a video in which he said “it would not surprise” him if WWHL was canceled “along with a lot of other of his shows” because “the ratings suck.” This seemed to kick off speculation that the show wasn’t doing so great.
Fans of various Bravo shows began noticing that WWHL would automatically record on their DVRs if they taped the show that aired directly before it. For example, some fans said that WWHL was basically tacked on to the end of “Vanderpump Rules” each week.
Several Bravo fans took to Reddit to discuss the future of the show — and their feelings on having WWHL take up DVR space without their knowledge.
“I won’t watch WWHL when I’m tricked to see it start when I taped one of my bravo shows. I just [hit] delete. It must be in jeopardy if they are so desperate for viewers. No one else is doing this,” one Redditor commented on a thread in early November.
“I can’t stand it lol they are super sneaky at how they do the line up so that the DVR keeps recording into WWHL instead of stopping , super annoying,” another Bravo viewer added.
“I think that started happening because Bravo realized WWHL’s ratings were slipping so they hoodwinked people into recording it. I wonder if they then count the recording a view?” a third person wrote.