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Steve Harvey Scores High on Hosting Successful Shows
The tall, toothy comedian with his famous mustache and endearing smile wins big in the ratings with six top programs.
I was not surprised to read in Deadline Hollywood that comic Steve Harvey’s daytime talk show has been renewed for Season Two. It seems that everything Mr. Harvey touches turns to gold.
The TV host currently hosts six shows: the aforementioned Steve Harvey Show, the widely popular syndicated Family Feud which topped out at a 7.5 Neilsen rating in January 2018, edging out the enormously popular Judge Judy by .1 percent, Little Big Shots on NBC, Celebrity Family Feud on ABC and Steve Harvey’s Thunderdome.
In addition he also hosts a syndicated radio show Steve Harvey and the Morning Show. "Everybody's drunk because of Steve Harvey right now!" quipped Harvey responding to the news of Family Feud being on top. All this is in addition to hosting gigs he has, such as the Miss Universe contest.
What is the secret to this man’s incredible success? A man who at one time was homeless sleeping out of his car. Raw determination, undeniable talent and a relatability that’s hard to match. It’s something that’s inborn; Harvey has ‘it’ big time. It’s a quality you can’t learn, you either have it or you don’t.
Q Rating (aka Q Score) is the measurement of the appeal and familiarity of a brand, celebrity, company, or entertainment product in the US. The higher the Q Score, the more highly regarded the person or item is among viewers.
To give a better perspective, Ellen DeGeneres has a 30 score. According to TheWrap.com, Ellen shares this top honor with Michael Symon of The Chew. The average celebrity score is about 15.
Mr. Harvey scores a respectable 21--- and that accounts for his ability to carry so many well-received shows. He has the sixth highest Q score behind Ellen, Michael Symon, Whoopie Goldberg, Dr. Oz and Michael Strahan. Harvey also scores very high for recognizability. But exactly what is it about Harvey that has propelled him into such superstardom?
I like the Steve Harvey Show and watch it when I get the chance to. There’s a segment where an audience member matches pictures on a board and gets $100 per match with the possibility of making up to $1,000. Steve seems to enjoy this segment, helps the contestants, and actually seems to get a kick out of it when they win.
There’s also a romance segment on the show. Harvey helps to set up a bachelor or bachelorette to go on an all-expenses paid date and seems thrilled when people successfully match.
Harvey’s empathy and common sense shine through on all these segments. It’s obvious that although the comedian now reportedly has a net worth of $120 million, he still remembers what it’s like to struggle. Harvey is funny, smart, street-wise, relatable, has an awesome smile and dresses well (ie. Steve Harvey clothing line). Perhaps one of the hardest working men in show business will add a seventh venture to his stable of shows in the near future.
The result feels like the future: think YouTube meets Netflix meets good-old-fashioned live TV.