According to The Wrap, during the week that the actress, 54, took over hosting duties — the show scored it's highest ratings of the entire season since premiering on October 18.
The talk show reportedly posted a 0.9 rating for the week ending Nov. 7 (the week that Shepard hosted). The show's initial launch week did a 0.8 in the ratings comparatively.
"I’m making progress but it’s just one of those things that’s taking longer than we expected," Willliams, 57, said. "I’m doing everything I can to get back to work, but right now Wendy has to focus on Wendy."
Rumors have swirled while the New Jersey native has been on the mend that executives may be looking to replace Williams with another host.
As OK! previously reported, a source told The Sun that directors in the New York market are weighing the possibility of having Nick Cannon take over Williams coveted time slot. “If the The Wendy Williams Show ends or she doesn’t come back to the show, they would feel comfortable sliding Nick into the 10 A.M. slot which immediately follows the local news broadcast,” a source said.
“It really all depends on what her ratings look like at that point," an insider told the outlet. "Right now, they’ve been stronger than expected without her.”