*Ratings for “The Arsenio Hall Show” went soaring on Wednesday, thanks to an assist from Prince.

According to Nielsen, numbers jumped 50 percent from recent averages in the key adults 18-49 demographic. That puts him ahead of much of the later and smaller cable competition (Craig Ferguson, “Chelsea Lately” and “Conan”) and actually ties ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” according to Both broadcasts averaged a 0.6 rating.

Among households, Hall grew even more. The show was up 56 percent from its February sweeps average, pulling a 1.4 rating in the overnights. That’s the highest overnight Hall has earned since his September 2013 launch week.