Rachael Ray (talk show)

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Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray logo 2020.svg
GenreTalk show
Presented byRachael Ray
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons16
No. of episodes2,000+ [1]
Executive producersJanet Annino
Rachael Ray
Production locationsChelsea Studios, New York City
Camera setupMultiple
Running time42 minutes
Production companies
DistributorKing World
(seasons 1–2)
CBS Television Distribution
(seasons 2–15)
CBS Media Ventures
(season 15–)
Original networkSyndication
Picture formatNTSC (2006–2012)
HDTV 1080i (2012–present)
Original releaseSeptember 18, 2006 (2006-09-18) –

Rachael Ray, also known as Rachael and The Rachael Ray Show, is an American television talk show hosted by Rachael Ray that debuted in syndication in the United States and Canada on September 18, 2006 and also airs in other countries. It is taped at Chelsea Television Studios in New York City.[2] The 15th season premiered on September 14, 2020.


Logo used in its fifth season.
Logo used in its sixth season.

The concept behind this program showcases Ray's culinary skills. She brings various celebrities on screen to discuss their accomplishments in the entertainment, sports, and media industries. Ray asks for tips and strategies for staying healthy and safe from various health and lifestyle experts, she includes make-over segments, and features musical performances, all of which are features along the same lines of The Oprah Winfrey Show. She does, however, keep cooking in the forefront by including at least one cooking segment at the end of each episode, and sometimes inviting her celebrity guests to join her in the kitchen. According to Ray, "People know me for my love of food, but I have so much more I want to share."[3] The set has the audience seated on a large turntable that rotates so that the audience can always see the "action" on the circular stage that surrounds them. At the end of each show, with the exception of a few more guests after Ray's cooking segments, Ray's tagline is, "We'll see you when we see you."

On March 9, 2007, Entertainment Tonight revealed that the show's theme music was written and recorded by Ray's husband, John Cusimano. The original theme song to the show was performed by R&B, Soul and Jazz group The Neville Brothers. Their song had the same rhythm and melody as their classic hit "Yellow Moon", but with different lyrics. Aaron Neville sang the song. Starting with the fifth season, the original theme was retired. With the start of the seventh season, the show was updated and shot in a new studio. The new studio is in New York City in the Chelsea neighborhood, and shares the building with The Wendy Williams Show. Audience members can be seen lined up outside the studios usually on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.[2] Episodes are shot at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day.[2]


Rachael Ray with John McCain in the kitchen on her show.

During its first season, the show averaged about 2.6 million views daily, making it one of the highest viewed daytime shows. Not long after it debuted, it was revealed that Rachael Ray was renewed through 2010, adding two years to the already two years it had received. In June 2009, Rachael Ray was renewed for two more years, till 2012, making 6 seasons.[4] Rachael Ray was the only one of the four syndicated daytime talk shows that premiered for the 2006–07 season to be renewed. By the show's third season in 2008, ratings had dropped to a 1.8.[5] However ratings leveled off in 2010 with 1.5 and roughly 2 million viewers for the fifth season.[6] At the start of its sixth season in 2011, the show's ratings rose to 1.7.[7] In January 2012, CBS Television Distribution announced a two-year renewal for the show, taking it through the 2013–14 season.[8] Rachael Ray was later renewed for another two years in October 2013, bringing the series through the 2015–16 season and its tenth season.[9][10] In March 2018, CBS Television Distribution renewed the show for a 13th season.[11] In January 2019, the show was renewed for a 14th season. On March 30, 2020, Rachael Ray began hosting the show from home with her husband, John Cusimano, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The show was renewed for a 15th season to premiere on September 14, 2020, with Ray still hosting from home. On July 2, 2021, Rachael Ray returned to the studio with her husband, John Cusimano. On October 13, 2021, Rachael Ray returned to the studio with a whole new set. The 16th season marked the return of the live studio audience.


Year Award Category Honorees Result
2007 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Talk Show Rachael Ray Nominated
Outstanding Talk Show Host
2008 Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment Won
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host Nominated
Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
Outstanding Directing In A Lifestyle/Culinary Program Gene Bernard
2011 Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment Rachael Ray
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
2014 Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
Directing In A Talk Show/Morning Program
Achievement In Live And Direct To Tape Sound Mixing
Achievement In Hairstyling
2015 Creative Arts Emmy Award Best Lighting Direction
Best Multiple Camera Editing Won
2017 Daytime Emmy Award Best Musical Performance In A Daytime Program Pentatonix on Rachael Ray Nominated
2019 Outstanding Talk Show/Informative Rachael Ray Won
Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host Nominated



  1. ^ "Rachael Ray Episodes on Syndication". TV Guide. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Be In the Audience — Audience Tickets". CBS Studios Inc. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Lindne, Melanie (December 17, 2007). "Happy Day For Rachael Ray". Forbes.
  4. ^ Berman, Marc (June 8, 2009). "CBS TV Renews Rachael Ray Show". Adweek.
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (April 14, 2009). "Despite Obama endorsement Oprah is still the queen of syndicated ratings". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 2, 2010). "Syndicated Ratings: Oprah Rises, Clobbers Judge Judy; 'TMZ' Falls to All-Time Lows". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 15, 2010.
  7. ^ Gorman, Bill (September 13, 2011). "'The Dr. Oz Show' Crushes 'Anderson Cooper' Premiere, Has Best Day Ever". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 10, 2012). "'Rachael Ray' Renewed Through 2014". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ Marechal, AJ (October 3, 2013). "'Rachael Ray' Talkshow Renewed Through 2016". Variety.
  10. ^ "'Rachael Ray' Renewed For Two More Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. October 3, 2013.
  11. ^ Severson, Kim (March 8, 2018). "Beyond TV and EVOO: Rachael Ray Looks for Her Next Act". New York Times.
  12. ^ Pedersen, Erik (2019-03-20). "Daytime Emmy Nominations: 'Days Of Our Lives' Leads Programs & CBS Tops Networks". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-04-20.

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