The View (U.S. TV series)
|Also known as||The View from Here|
|Directed by||Mark Gentile|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||17|
|No. of episodes||3,785|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Barwall Productions|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Original run||August 11, 1997– present|
The View is an American talk show and (entertainment/infotainment) program that has aired on ABC since August 11, 1997, as part of its daytime programming block. Its concept was conceived by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, who additionally serve as its executive producers.
The View has aired seventeen seasons so far and focuses on a panel of five female co-hosts, who discuss a variety of social and political issues. The original panel consisted of Walters, Joy Behar, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, and Meredith Vieira; the current panel consists of Whoopi Goldberg (who additionally serves as the moderator), Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy. In between said panels, the series has also employed Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Lisa Ling, and Rosie O'Donnell.
The program airs live from New York City weekdays at 11 a.m./10 a.m. in the Eastern and Central time zones, and is tape-delayed for the rest of the country. International versions of the program are aired in several countries.
As of the 2013-14 season, its seventeenth, The View is the fourth-longest running national daytime talk show in history, behind Live! with Kelly and Michael (26), The Phil Donahue Show (26), and The Oprah Winfrey Show (25).
- 1 Format
- 2 Production
- 3 Co-hosts
- 4 Synopsis
- 5 Reception
- 6 International broadcasts
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Mostly five women discuss current issues and news items ranging from social and political issues to tabloid headlines and celebrity news. The original opening credits for the show, featuring voice-over from Walters, explain the show's premise:
- I've always wanted to do a show with women of different generations, backgrounds and views: a working mother [Vieira]; a professional in her 30s [Jones]; a young woman just starting out [Matenopoulos]; and then somebody who's done almost everything and will say almost anything [Behar]. And in a perfect world, I'd get to join the group whenever I wanted....
Every show is ended by one of the co-hosts, primarily the person moderating, simply saying "Have a great day everyone and take a little time to enjoy The View!" Or if short on time simply, "Enjoy The View!"
The format of full-hour Hot Topics was introduced in Season 11, allowing more in-depth conversations and debates.
Season 13 was the first season in which men served as guest co-hosts. They included Joe Scarborough, Bryant Gumbel, Tom Bergeron, and D. L. Hughley. Beginning in Season 15, every Friday when Walters took off, The View has "Guy Day Friday", in which a male co-host moderated in place of Walters.
Walters, "a co-owner (with ABC) and co-executive producer" of the show, likely has final decisions as to the casting of her co-hosts.
Bill Geddie, the co-executive producer, is the lone recurring male persona sometimes shown as stepping out from behind camera to interact with the hosts. In an interview with Broadcasting & Cable he stated: "I'm not an on-air personality and I think anybody who's seen me realizes that. But early on, the network thought it would be kind of fun to see there's this guy here in charge, but if you watch the show, you see that generally speaking I’m a side player and I’m basically there to get a laugh."
Rosie O'Donnell has stated that Walters and other show hosts wear earpieces through which backstage producers instruct them what to say. O'Donnell herself refused to wear an earpiece to be coached on how to remark.
The original set for the first 4 seasons was a leftover set from a cancelled soap opera, The City.The show received a new set for its fifth season, located within the ABC Television Center in New York City. Season 10 saw a simple new set design in blue and new glass table, a change from their signature wooden hot topics table. For season 11 and 12, the show's set changed colors from blue to yellow and brought back the signature wooden table. Season 13 and 14 premiered with new set colors of teal with green and light blue, leeping their wooden hot topics table. Season 15 premiered with a completely redesigned retractable set, having the walls all predominantly as screen monitors in order to showcase different things but primarily the New York City skyline. The hot topics table changed to a new lit up, white glass table. This set stayed through season 17. Season 18 will possibly see a new set design as The View relocates studios to the now vacant Katie Couric show studio.
The show premiered with four co-hosts: Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, and Barbara Walters. Walters and Joy Behar initially took turns as the fourth co-host but Behar soon became a full-time co-host.
Debbie Matenopoulos was fired at the end of 1998, when her contract was not renewed. Following Matenopoulos' departure, Lisa Ling was announced as the new co-host beating out Rachel Campos-Duffy and Lauren Sánchez who competed in an on-air try-out to fill the vacated seat.
Lisa Ling departed in 2002 to host National Geographic Explorer. Former Survivor contestant Elisabeth Hasselbeck replaced Ling in 2003 after Hasselbeck, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Erin Hershey Presley were the finalists in a competition that ended with each of the three getting a week-long on-air tryout.
Season 10 changes
In June 2006, Star Jones announced her departure on air, surprising Walters and ABC. Jones said she would remain on the show through July, but the next day Walters announced that Jones would no longer be a part of The View except for previously recorded segments. Walters has publicly commented about feeling "betrayed" by Jones, since Jones unexpectedly made the announcement two days ahead of schedule. In an interview with People, Jones claimed the decision to leave was not hers, and that in April, producers told her that her contract would not be renewed. According to an interview with Associated Press, Walters stated that ABC executives had apparently decided not to renew Jones' contract as early as the previous fall due to diminished approval for the co-host which was showing up in their market research.
Following Jones' departure, the show used guest co-hosts to fill her spot. Various media outlets reported that television personality Gayle King and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph were both interested in the job. Sherri Shepherd eventually took Jones' spot at the table.
In September 2006, O'Donnell made her debut as the new co-host and moderator of the show.
Season 11 changes
On April 25, 2007, O'Donnell announced she would be leaving the show as a co-host when her contract expired because the network could not come to terms on the length of a new contract. She did, however, say that she planned to return as an occasional correspondent.
On May 25, 2007, ABC announced that O'Donnell had asked to be let out of her contract nearly a month before its expiration and was given permission to leave immediately. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, O'Donnell said that she knew it was time to leave the show when she saw the split screen image of her and Hasselbeck on either side. She stated that it fed on the idea that the producers wanted the two to be confrontational and that the show's producers had to preset a split screen effect. ABC News reported that her arguments with Hasselbeck brought the show its best ratings ever.
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On August 1, 2007, Walters announced that Whoopi Goldberg would be replacing O'Donnell as moderator for the eleventh season. Other names reportedly considered to replace O'Donnell were Gayle King, Sherri Shepherd, Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr and Mario Cantone.
Walters announced on September 10, 2007 that Sherri Shepherd would be joining the show as a permanent co-host. Her arrival marked the first time since Meredith Vieira left in 2006 that the show featured a complete panel of five co-hosts. It also marked the first time in the show's history that two African-American co-hosts were part of the same panel.
Season 17 changes
On March 7, 2013, it was announced that Joy Behar would be leaving the show at the end of the current season. She told Deadline, "It seemed like the right time...You reach a point when you say to yourself, 'Do I want to keep doing this?' There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup". Behar's final show, a This is Your Life style tribute to her, aired on August 9, 2013.
The day after the announcement of Behar's departure, there were widespread media reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck was going to be fired from the show, effective at the end of the season, allegedly because of market research polling that showed viewers thought her views were too conservative. On the March 11, 2013, episode of the show, Barbara Walters said that the rumors were "particularly false" and that there are "no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show". Hasselbeck left the show on July 10, 2013 in order to join Fox News Channel.
On July 15, 2013, Walters announced that Jenny McCarthy would become a permanent co-host: "We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host on The View starting in September," said Walters. "Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for The View". ABC News confirmed that Jenny McCarthy would replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck. McCarthy made her debut as co-host on September 9, 2013, the premiere date of Season 17.
The appointment of McCarthy as a co-host created a media backlash, largely due to her anti-vaccination views. David Freeman, senior science editor for The Huffington Post, wrote about the concerns of Bill Nye, who stated: "I believe Ms. McCarthy's views will be discredited". Alex Pareene also protested and published a letter to ABC in Salon Magazine entitled: "Anti-vaccine conspiracist and "View" co-host Jenny McCarthy isn't just quirky—she spreads lies that hurt people." Michael Specter, writing in The New Yorker, wrote:
- "Jenny McCarthy...will be the show’s first co-host whose dangerous views on childhood vaccination may—if only indirectly—have contributed to the sickness and death of people throughout the Western world. (See jennymccarthybodycount.com.) McCarthy, who is savvy, telegenic, and pulchritudinous, is also the person most visibly associated with the deadly and authoritatively discredited anti-vaccine movement in the United States".
Season 18 changes
On March 28, 2013, numerous media outlets reported that Barbara Walters would retire in May 2014. On the April 1 episode, Walters neither confirmed nor denied the retirement rumors. On the May 13, 2013, episode of The View, Walters confirmed that she will be retiring in May 2014 as a co-host of the show and from ABC News, but will continue as an executive producer of The View for as long as it airs. Walters' final day was May 16, 2014.
On June 26, 2014, it was confirmed that Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy will not be returning to The View, leaving Goldberg the sole remaining panelist to return for Season 18.
On July 10, 2014, it was announced that Rosie O'Donnell will be returning for Season 18.
Seasons 1–9 (1997–2006)
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Season 10 (2006–07)
Unlike previous seasons, politics and taboo subjects were readily explored with O'Donnell and Behar quickly finding humor in the news of the day and often giving strong opinions against then-President George W. Bush's policies including the war in Iraq which was losing support amongst Americans. As a counterpoint to O'Donnell's liberal views, the more conservative Hasselbeck would often support the Bush Administration's views and the two would get into an adversarial give-and-take at least until both had made their points.
O'Donnell's outspoken and candid nature moved the show into a newsworthy spectrum from traditional daytime talk fare. She was sometimes criticized for not acting as much as a moderator for discussion as much as a spokesperson for various, often liberal, viewpoints. As a big-name talent she drew criticism for her opinions while keeping the show's "buzz factor" up. The downside of being spontaneous and putting her views in front of a national audience was that such remarks were often the subject of controversy and criticism, especially by conservative commentators and other media outlets, who recirculated comments and clips from the show.
O'Donnell consistently brought up recent news about the war in Iraq, and criticized the US media for its lack of coverage on the Bush administration's actions and policies. On May 17, 2007, O'Donnell rhetorically asked, "655,000 Iraqi civilians dead. Who are the terrorists? If you were in Iraq and another country, the United States, the richest in the world, invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?" Conservative commentators claimed O'Donnell paralleled American soldiers to terrorists.
On May 23, 2007, a heated discussion ensued because of what O'Donnell perceived as a lack of willingness of Hasselbeck to defend O'Donnell's right to disagree with invading Iraq and the resulting military occupation. O'Donnell also stated that the media would portray her as a bully attacking "innocent pure Christian Elisabeth" whenever they disagreed and she believed Republican pundits were mischaracterizing her statements. Hasselbeck then told O'Donnell to "defend your own insinuations". The debate unfortunately became more heated when Behar and Shepherd made joking attempts to end the discussion because actress Alicia Silverstone was waiting in the wings to appear as a guest after the commercial break. The incident was widely covered in mainstream media including a split-screen shot of O'Donnell and Hasselbeck arguing. O'Donnell did not return after this episode.
Season 11 (2007–08)
On September 4, 2007 (the season premiere), Goldberg commented about football player Michael Vick's role in a dog-fighting scandal. She said, "He's from the South, from the Deep South... This is part of his cultural upbringing... For a lot of people, dogs are sport... Instead of just saying (Vick) is a beast and he's a monster, this is a kid who comes from a culture where this is not questioned." Behar took issue with Goldberg's comments and asked, "What part of the country is this? How about dog torturing and dog murdering?" Goldberg's comments also were denounced by Wayne Pacelle, president of the U.S. Humane Society, who noted that dogfighting is outlawed in all 50 U.S. states and is considered a felony in all but two. Goldberg defended herself the following day by explaining she was attempting to explain Vick's actions from a cultural view but was in no way condoning or excusing him.
On September 25, 2007, Goldberg criticized two ABC news anchors for the manner in which they reported the death of Marcel Marceau, arguably the most famous mime ever, on the network's overnight newscast World News Now. Describing Marceau as a "huge influence" on how she performs, Goldberg said she was moved to speak out on what she saw as disrespectful and "poorly handled" reporting.
On October 3, 2007, Hasselbeck and Goldberg got into a discussion about Hillary Clinton's proposed $5000 baby entitlement which became heated when Hasselbeck stated that it would lead to fewer abortions due to women wanting to keep the money. Goldberg warned Hasselbeck to "back off a little" and asked her if she "had ever been in that position to make that decision".
Elisabeth Hasselbeck went on maternity leave from October 2007 to January 2008; rotating guest co-hosts substituted for her while she was away.
Prompted by Jesse Jackson and his use of the word "nigger" before an interview on Fox and Friends, the panel got into a discussion about its use and history. Goldberg and Shepherd explained that it's a word "that has meaning when you give it meaning" and emphasized its acceptance within the black community. They said they had reappropriated the word and, in part, re-purposed its usage. Hasselbeck voiced frustration about its use in pop culture and how its negative past only encourages division. "How are we supposed to then move forward when we keep using terms that bring back that pain", said Hasselbeck, tearfully, following Goldberg's statement that "we don't live in the same world".
Season 12 (2008–09)
The twelfth season of The View was heavily focused on the events related to the 2008 United States presidential election with attention towards the issues affecting women in particular and more broadly, the United States. They closely followed Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination race. Likewise attention was focused when Senator John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his Republican vice-presidential running mate in August 2008.
Hasselbeck strongly advocated for McCain and Palin during the election. Hasselbeck designed and wore a pro-McCain ("Great AmeriCain Hero") t-shirt which caused the show to field a large number of complaints. The following day Walters noted that it was a political advertisement, and therefore not appropriate.
Several of the discussions on The View became heated and many were also subsequently reported in other major media outlets. CNN noted the tension between Hasselbeck and the other hosts as arguments that escalated after the "hard-hitting" interview they did with McCain. Political comedian Bill Maher's September visit made Elisabeth Hasselbeck visibly uncomfortable with his disparaging comments about Palin. In another discussion, Palin's comments regarding the age of Senator Joe Biden prompted Barbara Walters to ask Hasselbeck about Palin's experience and therefore qualification to run the United States.
The day after the 2008 election, November 5, the panel discussed election results including state-level initiatives and elections. Same-sex marriage issues became a source of heated exchange. One such election result was the passing of California's Proposition 8, which defined that only marriages between a man and a woman would be valid or recognized in the state of California. Hasselbeck and Shepherd both support the proposition, with Shepherd stating she defends a Biblical definition of marriage, although she was unable to explain what that entailed when asked by the other hosts. Behar and Goldberg both opposed the proposition, with Goldberg correcting some misinformation from Hasselbeck and Shepherd.
Season 13 (2009–10)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck was on maternity leave for the first month and a half of Season 13.
During a May 4 discussion on the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars, Hasselbeck commented on the outfits worn by Erin Andrews, who had recently been involved in an invasion of privacy incident in which a male voyeur videotaped her in the nude through a hotel room hole, saying "If I were this guy, I would think 'Man, I could have just waited 12 more weeks and I could see her half-nude for free.'" Andrews' DWTS co-stars addressed the issue hours later, with her professional dancing partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and co-star Niecy Nash coming to Andrews' defense. Hasselbeck tearfully apologized for her comments the next day. Andrews has since stated however, that she never spoke with Hasselbeck.
Following the show on May 10, 2010, Walters took a hiatus from the show for heart surgery.
On the June 22 episode, during a conversation on African-Americans and HIV/AIDS, guest co-host D. L. Hughley stated, "When you look at the prevalence of HIV in the African-American community, it's primarily from young women who are getting it from men who are on the down low." The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) criticized Hughley for disseminating incorrect information, specifically about bisexual men infecting women, and printed his comment in Daily Variety, where they asked readers to voice their outrage to the network. Hughley and ABC did not comment.
On the July 12 episode, the co-hosts were discussing the recordings of actor Mel Gibson, in which he went on a rant to his ex-girlfriend. After Behar accused Gibson of being racist for using the word "nigger" in one of the recordings, Goldberg defended him, saying that having spent time with Gibson and having had him around her children, the actor was not a racist. Goldberg made headlines for these comments because many people believed that she was condoning what Gibson had done. Two days later, Goldberg addressed the issue again, saying "If you had actually watched the show [on Monday], you would have seen that I said I did not condone what [Mel Gibson] did." Goldberg continued, "I don't think this is right, I don't think this is smart, but...my experience tells me he's not a racist." Goldberg also called out a viewer who had called her headquarters and "went off on the lady who works there".
On July 29, 2010, President Barack Obama appeared on the show. It was the first time a sitting U.S. president has appeared on a talk show. Walters returned for the episode before resuming her hiatus.
Seasons 14–16 (2010–13)
The premiere of Season 14 marked Barbara Walters' return. The View's 3000th show aired on September 23, 2010 and celebrated the show's history.
On the episode airing October 14, 2010, guest Bill O'Reilly brought up the proposed Muslim Cultural Center to be built in New York City. The discussion quickly grew into a debate, as Goldberg and Behar grilled O'Reilly. Later in the discussion, O'Reilly said "Muslims killed us on 9/11!" Behar stood from her seat, and followed Goldberg off the stage. The immediate audience applause was stopped by Walters who stated, "You have just seen what should not happen. We should be able to have discussions without washing our hands, and screaming, and walking offstage." Walters then demanded that O'Reilly apologize, and he agreed to do so. Behar and Goldberg later returned to the stage, and the interview resumed in a normal manner. A blogger at TIME referred to the controversial argument as "an angry, bleeped-out shouting match". The following Monday, the co-hosts each made statements; Walters repeated her comments from Thursday, Goldberg said she felt that if she had not walked off she would have cursed further, and Hasselbeck defended her co-hosts by saying that people should be careful when labeling others.
The Season 15 premiere was the first time Shepherd and Behar publicly discussed their weddings.
Former co-host Star Jones was a guest on the February 22, 2012, episode and discussed her contentious 2006 exit from the show; it was her first appearance since her departure.
Season 17 (2013–14)
On October 23, 2013, Jenny McCarthy caused controversy when talking about the newest Pope (Francis) of the Catholic church. During the discussion, McCarthy stated that her mother and father, who are both Catholics, divorced when McCarthy was 21 years old. She stated that when her mother went to the church to get an annulment, she was denied, and therefore had to go through with the divorce. McCarthy stated that she now has to sit there every Sunday and watch her mother "cry during Communion because she watches all of her friends go up there," and urged Pope Francis to "get smart" and do something about this "rule." This caused outrage from the Catholic League and caused Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, to issue several remarks about McCarthy. In his remarks, he told McCarthy that if she "knows any shortcuts on how to 'get smart,' please practice them on yourself before contacting the Holy Father."
On February 7, 2014, Rosie O'Donnell returned to The View as a guest for the first time since she quit the show in May 2007.
On May 15, 2014, the day before Walters's retirement, all eleven co-hosts of The View, past and present, appeared to celebrate Walters.
A New York Times review published ten days after the show premiered, describes what critic Caryn James thought was distinctive about the show, "The idea of women talking to one another on daytime television is not exactly radical. The idea that those women should be smart and accomplished is still odd enough to make The View seem wildly different. It actively defies the bubbleheads-'R'-us approach to women's talk shows.... After a year on the air, a review of the show from Salon.com attempted to summarize what had made the show a "(very guilty) pleasure" for its mostly female audience. "The View has caught on with viewers because it gives expression to feelings more complicated, and real, than its detractors realize. Like the Rat Pack, it's all about freedom in an uptight world. Vieira, Walters, et al., have confessed to a lot of things on the show that women are supposed to feel guilty about: forgetting to vote, being too lazy to exercise, hating skinny models, letting the kids watch too much TV, admiring Hollywood's latest hunk.
Entertainment Weekly magazine in March 2007 cited The View as doing for daytime TV what the Daily Show has done for nighttime TV in that it offers viewers a show that deals in genuine opinion and not mere fluff.
Awards and nominations
- 1998 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show
- 1998 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Vieira, Jones, Behar, Matenopoulos, Walters)
- 1999 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show
- 1999 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Vieira, Jones, Behar, Matenopoulos, Walters)
- 2000 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show
- 2000 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Vieira, Jones, Behar, Ling, Walters)
- 2001 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show
- 2001 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Vieira, Jones, Behar, Ling, Walters)
- 2002 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show
- 2002 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Vieira, Jones, Behar, Ling, Walters)
- 2003 Award for Outstanding Talk Show (tied with The Wayne Brady Show)
- 2003 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Vieira, Jones, Behar, Ling, Walters)
- 2004 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show
- 2004 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Vieira, Jones, Behar, Walters)
- 2005 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show
- 2005 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Vieira, Jones, Hasselbeck, Behar, Walters)
- 2006 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show
- 2006 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Vieira, Jones, Hasselbeck, Behar, Walters)
- 2007 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show
- 2007 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (O'Donnell, Behar, Hasselbeck, Walters)
- 2008 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
- 2008 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Goldberg, Behar, Shepherd, Hasselbeck, Walters)
- 2009 Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Goldberg, Behar, Shepherd, Hasselbeck, Walters)
- 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Goldberg, Behar, Shepherd, Hasselbeck, Walters)
- 2011 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
- 2011 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Goldberg, Behar, Shepherd, Hasselbeck, Walters)
- 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
- 2013 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
- 2014 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
- 2014 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host (Goldberg, McCarthy, Shepherd, Walters)
- 2009 Nomination for Favorite Talk Show
- 2010 Nomination for Favorite Talk Show Host(s)
- 2013 Nomination for Favorite Talk Show Host(s)
- 2013 Nomination for Favorite New Talk Show Host (Jenny McCarthy)
- 2009 Award for Outstanding Talk Series
- 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Series
- 2011 Award for Outstanding Talk Series
- 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Series
- 2013 Award for Outstanding Talk Series
- 2012 Nomination for Best Talk Show
U.S. television ratings
September 2006 brought in record ratings with the addition of Rosie O'Donnell to the panel. A total of 3.1 million viewers watched that month, the highest total viewership the program has ever seen. The talk show also surged 34% in the advertiser-friendly "women aged 18–49" demographic, and sustained its early season success with its best ever November sweeps period.
In the month following O'Donnell's departure, viewership was down by an average of 232,000, but the number of viewers was still higher than the year before she joined the show.
Preliminary ratings for Season 11 show that 3.4 million people watched the debut episode, roughly 1 million less than the prior season's premiere with O'Donnell, but still ranking as the show's second highest season premiere. After two weeks, The View garnered its highest ratings yet, averaging 3.5 million total viewers, a 7% increase from 3.3 million under the previous season.
The show hit a milestone during November Sweeps 2008, as the show’s post-election day telecast ranked as its most-watched ever in Total Viewers (6.17 million)
For the week ending February 2, 2009, Nielsen Media Research reported the key demographic of women ages 18–34 and ages 18–49 favored the show. The View was tied with General Hospital for the top spot for both groups. For the fourth week running, The View was the daytime's third highest rated show with 4.42 million total viewers for the 18-34 group. ABC Daytime shows, four soap operas and The View, were the top five shows for 18-49 women television watchers.
July 29, 2010, the day President Barack Obama appeared on the show, was the show's most-viewed episode ever with 6.59 million viewers, and the most watched telecast of any daytime show on ABC, CBS Daytime, and NBC Daytime in viewers and demos.
The View's Farewell to Barbara Walters garnered high ratings for the show. The May 16, 2014 telecast, featuring Walters' final appearance, garnered 5.2 million total viewers, ranking as the show's #4 broadcast of all time. Further the May 15, 2014 telecast, featuring a reunion of all 11 co-hosts, drew 4.2 million total viewers.
- In Australia, The View was shown on the Nine Network at 1:00pm weekdays, usually airing the most recent episode broadcast in the U.S. (with the exception of Friday episodes, which are held off until Monday, due to time zone differences). It was popularly paired with The Ellen DeGeneres Show since mid-2008. It also aired on Foxtel but the show was later removed from the schedule before the shows season 16 premiered and on WIN (rural counterpart of Nine). As of 2014, Nine Network is no-longer airing The View.
- In Canada, The View is available on the CTV broadcast network in simulcast with ABC (subject to Canada's simsub rules).
- In New Zealand, The View was screened on the Vibe channel on Sky satellite television. Episodes are delayed by one week.
- In the Philippines, the show was simulcast live on Velvet until the channel went off air in 2014.
- In South Africa, The View was broadcast on SABC3, but was replaced with The Tyra Banks Show as it was felt it was more relevant to that time slots audience.
- In the Netherlands, The View began broadcasting in late 2009[when?] on RTL 8.
- Loose Women broadcasts on ITV in the United Kingdom.
- Le Grand 8 (The Big 8/The coaster) on D8 in France (Monday to Friday).
- Así Somos (The way we are) on Ecuavisa in Ecuador.
- De Tafel Van Vijf (The Table of Five) on Net 5 and Vrouw & Paard, (Woman & Horse) on Nederland 2 in the Netherlands.
- Kalam Nawaem (Sweet Talk) on MBC in the Arab world.
- Midday on TV3 in Ireland.
- The Circle on Network Ten in Australia and the cancelled The Catch-Up on Nine Network in 2007.
- Studio 5 in Norway
- Hable con ellas on Telecinco in Spain.
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