Howard Stern has no problem revealing his softer side on “America’s Got Talent” and he’s actually doing quite well by toning down his act a bit, which has impressed the viewers.
“My understanding was that he was actually very clean,” said Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education at the PTC. She did not watch the program. However, she stated that she was glad to hear that the radio personality was able to tone down his act, “because it’s a family show and that’s what’s appropriate. I’m glad he decided to rein it in or maybe the bosses at NBC told him to do that. I’m not surprised by that … maybe he’s initially keeping it clean so he can say, ‘I told you so.'”
However, she and the PTC are not ready to let their guards down just yet.
According to Henson, Stern’s safe-as-milk debut doesn’t change what she called NBC’s track-record of misogyny, citing last year’s swiftly canceled “Playboy Club’ series and Stern’s reputation for sexually-explicit radio programs.
“He may keep it clean on ‘AGT’ for a couple of episodes, or maybe the whole season,” she said of Stern. “But that doesn’t change the fact that for most of his career, he has been one of the most misogynistic entertainers out there.”
Unfortunately, Howard’s mellow behavior did not do much in the way of ratings.
According to Nielsen’s ratings, the show’s viewers have dropped by 33 percent; they went from 15.3 million to 10.3 million viewers.
In addition, they were down 16 percent from last year’s debut.