The show debuted on September 6, 1993. In early 1996, as an attempt to grow in the 18-34 demographic, the show tried then aborted plans to add an "Off the Hook" segment; King World would try again with "Team A. J. " coverage strands in the fourth season helmed by Karen Duffy and Steve Santagati. By 1996, it was cleared on 124 stations serving 86 percent of the United States. King World often packaged the series with an existing magazine distributed by the same syndicator, Inside Edition, which is still on the air today and has outlasted a number of in-house and outside competitors.