Who would have imagined that sedate Whoopi Goldberg would draw higher ratings than controversy magnet Rosie O’Donnell? But, according to Variety, that’s exactly what’s happening.
After premiering to less than stellar numbers (1 million less viewers than O’Donnell got on her first episode), Goldberg’s numbers have steadily risen. So much so that in its second week of the season “The View” is up 16 percent over last year. Sheri Shepherd can also claim some of the credit, as the show added 4 percent in total viewers in the second week, when she joined the permanent cast.
Of course, in the solipsistic “view” of the Lower Hudson Valley we hold here — with O’Donnell’s ties to South Nyack and Goldberg’s ties to Tuxedo Park — everybody’s a winner.
(Goldberg: AP Photo/Reed Saxon; O’Donnell: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)