A guest visit from upcoming NBC sitcom figurehead Chelesa Handler couldn’t pull Whitney from its ratings murk.
Handler guest starred last night on the freshman sitcom, playing a therapist tries to help stressed-out Whitney. The comedy matched its all-time low in the Nielsens, delivering 4 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. Handler’s new semi-autobiographical NBC series Are You There, Chelsea?, starring Laura Prepon as the fictional version of Handler, launches on Wednesday nights starting Jan. 11. (And to add another level of NBC cross-program playfulness, the Whitney episode’s title was “Up All Night”).
More ratings to come. But in case you’ve missed it, here’s NBC’s four-minute preview of Are You There, Chelsea?: