Rachael Ray Summary

  • Rachael Ray is 1 Hour long
  • 5 Taping(s) per week
  • Opened September 18, 2006
  • Show Closes: Open ended
  • Daytime Talk Show
  • TV Broadcast

The Rachael Ray Show is a day time talk show which consists of interviews, games and cooking with guests. First airing on September 18, 2006, The Rachael Ray Show married three of daytime television’s most popular topics: talk, how-to and food. The Rachael Ray Show offers a variety of segments for its viewers from celebrities and pop culture entertainment to information ranging anywhere from health to fashion to do it yourself home improvements and crafts. The show is always capped off with a themed recipe cooked by Rachael Ray herself and usually with the help of one of the show’s daily guests.

Rachael Ray Broadcast Time

In the New York area, The Rachael Ray Show is transmitted on WABC Channel 7 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM weekdays. In other TV markets, the show may be shown on other channels and at other times. The Rachael Ray Show is syndicated across the domestic United States. The show is also re-broadcasted in other countries all over the world.

Rachael Ray Background

After waiting outside the studio in line for up to an hour and then inside in a tight holding space for up to thirty minutes, this show can have a rough start. The taping is further delayed while the production team decides the layout of the audience members based on which audience member wore the best jewel toned outfit. During this time, and the other down-times on the show, the audience is kept entertained by comedian Joey Kola as Rachael Ray does not have any interaction with the audience. During taping, the show tapes sequentially with rotating sets and without too much lag time in between segments. Between takes Rachael Ray has glimmers of her television personable self, but she is more down to business than you’d expect. She focuses less on the audience and more on getting the job done correctly. The show does not offer much in giveaways nor snack food to tide you over. One would expect more than granola bars and water from a television personality who is famous for making fabulous meals in under thirty minutes. Show guests do not get a sample of the food Rachael is cooking, the closest the audience gets is its delicious aroma. The audience should expect to do a lot of clapping, smiling and making approving sounding cooing noises when the food is involved, but not much else. Eat breakfast before you come.

Rachael Ray has developed a loyal fan base of many ages, though primarily middle-aged women go to see a taping of the cooking guru's daytime TV talk show. The show suffers from a demographic split between viewers and the "in studio" audience, with at-home viewers more likely to be middle-aged, stay-at-home moms with average age of 44 and the studio audience trending much lower at youthful 28, without children. Ray doesn't score well with stay-at-home dads or single people, perhaps because they are working during the show transmission.

Because of the show’s accessibility to its nationwide audience and Rachael Ray’s approachable on screen personality, it is no wonder that this show holds two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show. It comes as no surprise that Oprah Winfrey is the creator. Rachael seems just as comfortable with her celebrity interviews over coffee as she does on her home turf of whipping up a recipe.

Past celebrity guests who have had coffee talk with Rachael Ray range from David Duchovny to Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil to fitness trainer Bob Harper to Kim Kardashian. However, celebrities are only part of what makes the Rachael Ray show a nearly nine year success. The show covers a very broad category of topics and encourages viewers to write in and come on the show with their own stories. Topics of interest can be light hearted from funny pet tricks or silly things viewers’ children do to more emotional topics of various types of makeovers. While Rachael Ray has a funny, uplifting television persona, it’s also clear that the lady who made “EVOO” (Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the uninitiated) a household name also finds it important for people to feel better about themselves. Rachael Ray uses her show as a tool for empowerment with many segments ranging from makeovers for a back-in-the-workforce interview to helping a family member who has severe clutter issues.

Let’s not forget about the food. Rachael Ray generally has her celebrity guest come in and co-host her during the recipe portion taped as the final segment. Celebrity guests range in cook expertise from beginners to self proclaimed home cooks to celebrity chefs, including Mario Batali as a past guest.

The show’s style of covering wide topics of advice and interviewing celebrities and featuring “real people” segments are very reminiscent of the subject matter of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. However, while Ellen DeGeneres brings the funny, Rachael Ray brings the food.

Overall, the show is a positive and entertaining experience once you’re inside. Rachael Ray did become a household name for her great meals for good reason. Attending a taping of the Rachael Ray Show is almost as fun and lively as you’d expect from the Rachael Ray brand.

Rachael Ray Ticket Information

Tickets to The Rachael Ray Show can be requested by filling out a short form on the show's website. You are allowed one request, if you submit more than one, your first request will not receive a response and it will be cancelled. Group ticket request forms can also be submitted as well as auction or charity ticket request forms.

*The show does not email tickets immediately after your request. After your request has been looked over, a show rep will send possible dates and times and will email tickets 2 weeks before the show date.

Rachael Ray Notes

Audience Studio Photo:
In person, Rachael Ray is not the warm-and-friendly persona you imagine her to be when you watch the show on Television. At the show, Ray is all-business and attempts to minimize her interaction with unpaid audience members. On the official show rules for the Rachael Ray show, when they say to “dress your best,” they mean it. At the end of the show be prepared to have a few photos taken with Rachael Ray in a group or in front of the audience. The show uses these photos for their social media pages, to give off the air of fun and camaraderie on the show that may not be the general experience for most of the in-studio audience.

A Food Show That Leaves You Hungry:
Back in the early days of TV cooking shows, everyone in the audience could have a bite of Emeril's latest creole dish, but in Rachel Ray's show everyone leaves hungry, unless you can fill up on granola bars. It seems that her TV show cannot afford the additional insurance expense to have members of the audience try the food, so it makes for a poor audience experience at the show. The audience can see the wonderful food, smell the amazing aromatic aromas, but cannot actually taste the food.

Joey Kola Comedian:

During the taping of this show the audience is kept entertained and encouraged by warm up comedian Joey Kola, who audience members may remember from the Martha Stewart TV show. Ironically, The Martha Show was taped in the same location as Rachael Ray, so it may be that Kola actually comes with the studio. Joey’s funny quips and upbeat energy are necessary considering Rachael Ray does not have too much interaction with the audience during the taping or between segments. His jokes are PG rated and he does a great job of entertaining everyone without insulting anyone in the audience.

Studio Information

Chelsea Television Studios

221 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
Directions: Take the MTA C or E trains to 23rd Street and walk up towards 26th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues

Cast Members

Host
Rachael Ray

Past Cast Members

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Producers

Executive Producer:

Janet Annino

Co-Executive Producer:

Meredith Weintraub

Supervising Producer:

Emily Rieger

Field Producer:

Chad W. Carter

Producers:

Andrew Goldman & Stephanie Davis

Line Producer:

Sandy Pan

Talent Associate Producer:

Tara Burke

Production Credits

Production
Harpo Productions
Production
Scripps Networks
Production
Watch Entertainment
Distributed By
CBS Television Distribution

Creative Team

Director
Scott Preston
Cinematography
Sreal Boruchin