After Pat's other show, "Wheel of Fortune" (1975) enjoyed a surge of popularity in the late 80's, he decided to try his hand at hosting a late-night talk show. The format was similar to "The Tonight Show" (1962), consisting of comedy monologues, celebrity guests and musical numbers. Although many well-known celebrities appeared on his show, in the end, Sajak was unable to compete with Johnny Carson and David Letterman.
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Make a break for ... The Pat Sajak Show
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CBS got most of its stations to carry Sajak, and sent the host off to a roaring start with a 6.2 rating, a full point higher than Johnny Carson
. Less than a week later, Sajak was sinking through the 3 rating level. The show had trouble getting audiences to come to the studio for tapings. Yet Sajak didn't change his demeanor, or his show, at all. Perth came to regard Sajak as one of the least ambitious people in show business. He would come in at noon, tape his show from 5:30 to 6:30, and be out the door by 6:45. The show was collapsing around him, stations left every week, and the distribution system was canceling him before the network did, yet Sajak remained unmoved. See more