‘The Talk’ Sees Highest Ratings Since Sharon Osbourne Exit, Some Fans Credit New Host With Saving Show

by Taylor Cunningham

Thanks to Natalie Morales, viewers are tuning back into The Talk.

With the departure of Sharon Osbourne, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Elaine Welteroth this year, CBS’s The Talk was struggling to survive. But with former NBC news anchor Natalie Morales sitting down as a new host, the daytime show is seeing its highest ratings in over eight months.

Ratings first began to plummet in March when Sharon Osbourne was ousted from the series due to an on-screen argument concerning Piers Martin with co-host Sheryl Underwood. And more viewers began to ignore the show after Carrie Ann Inaba and Elaine Welteroth stepped down a few months later.

By mid-September, only 1,336,000 viewers were tuning into the talk show, according to The Sun. But during Morales’s premiere week in October, the number jumped up to 1,459,000.

An insider recently told The Sun that Natalie Morales is the “secret sauce to [improving] ratings,” and added that “she is someone in the industry that no one has an unkind word to say about and that reputation is well deserved.”

“To say she has been welcomed with open arms is an understatement,” they continued. “Love at first sight would be the more accurate way to put it.”

Natalie Morales Leaving NBC to Join ‘The Talk’

Last month, NBC’s Natalie Morales left her long-standing career with NBC to join CBS’s The Talk.

According to Toofab, Morales told her NBC News co-workers about her departure through an internal memo on October 1st.

“I struggle to find the right words and there are way too many people I need to thank for a wonderful career at NBC News,” Morales wrote. “I think back to my early days cutting my teeth at WVIT in Hartford, CT then taking the huge and — at the time — petrifying leap to MSNBC and alas — scoring the golden tickets to the TODAY show and ‘Dateline.’”

“It’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later,” she continued.

Natalie Morales spent the majority of her career working with NBC. She began as an anchor with NBC affiliate WVIT. She then joined TODAY in 2001, and Dateline in 2007.

While starring on Today, Morales served as an anchor and 3rd Hour co-host. She also eventually took over for Ann Curry as the news and entertainment show’s West Coast anchor.

On Dateline, the journalist acted as a host and correspondent.

“I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead,” Morales concluded. “I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

Natalie Morales officially Joined The Talk on October 11th.