Speaking of the ‘audience participation’, The Jimmy Kimmel Live is the first thing that comes up with my mind. I am sure that most of you guys watched the talk show online before. On January 16th, 2009, the Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube channel was launched. In the first five years, the channel gathered more than 3.43 million subscribers and 789,000 video views. Jimmy Kimmel Live has few highlights that relate with audience participation. The first one is called “I told my kids I ate all their Halloween candy”, people will send the video about parents fooling their children into thinking they ate all their Halloween candy which filmed by themselves, they will chose some of them. This is the most expect thing after Halloween for my personal, and every time the video is hilarious and they are very popular on the social media or internet, because these videos are from audience, people always can see themselves on the show, and if without audience participation, I don’t think the show can be that good. With the effect of audiences, the video accumulated over 45 million views and 66,000 comments in 2 years.
What’s more, the show also has “Mean Tweets” which introduced a segment with various celebrities reading the insulting tweets directed at them from twitter, it’s not the audience of the show directly, but the twitter comments also from some audience. This segment is extremely popular, with 38 million views on Youtube since April 2015.
I think the audience participation is a significant role in these two segments of the show at least, because it’s all based on audience’s reactions, this show is not only use the audience participation to build the segments, but also they still encourage more audience to participate their show.