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‘Dr. Phil’ Ratings Goosed By V. Stiviano Interview

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 8:31am PDT

V Stiviano Dr Phil RatingsDr. Phils hour-long interview Wednesday with V. Stiviano — the 31-year-old woman who detonated Donald Sterling’s war with the NBA over ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers –  sent ratings skyrocketing for the syndicated talk show. Overnight household ratings for Wednesday’s episode jumped 73% from its average lead-in and 22% from its May 2013 sweep average to a 3.3/9 in its 56 metered markets, according to Nielsen stats this morning. V performed best, among the country’s Top 30 markets in Indianapolis, where she clocked an 8.0/18 at 4 PM on WTHR, doubling Dr. Phil‘s Ellen lead-in and growing 33% from Phil‘s year-ago time-period average. But V’s best metered market overall came in Dayton, where the interview scored an 11.5/31 at 10 AM on WHIO, up 40% from its Live With Kelly & Michael lead-in and up 19% from last year at this time).

In Los Angeles, where V recorded a private phone conversation she had with the Clippers owner in which he demanded she not bring black people to the games, her interview first in its time slot on KCBS-TV at 3 PM with more than double the rating of its nearest competitor. In LA, the show’s 3.3/10 is  up 200% from its lead-in and 83% higher than the show’s year-ago performance. Read More »

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A&E Special/Backdoor Pilot ‘Marriage Test’ To Air September 21

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 8:08am PDT

Jay McGraw and Dr. Phil McGraw are executive producers on The Marriage Test, a 90-minute special that explores the troubled relationships of four couples who agree to live together under one roof for seven days of in-depth counseling to try to save their marriages. A&E Network will premiere the special1 at 10 PM September 2 as a backdoor pilot. Led by husband-and-wife marriage coaches Will Craig and Laurie Gerber, the couples take part in a series of exercises that include individual and group therapy sessions all aimed at salvaging their troubled unions. At the end of the week, each twosome will have to decide whether recommit and stay together and or break up and go their separate ways. Marriage Test is produced for A&E Networks by Ghost Mountain Prods and Bienstock Young Media. Executive producers are the McGraws, Carla Pennington, Eugene Young and Jay Bienstock; Drew Tappon serves as exec producer for A&E.

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‘Dr. Phil’ Up In Premiere, ‘Arsenio’ & ‘Bethenny’ Dip In Day 2, ‘Ellen’ Still Tops

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The 12th season premiere of Dr. Phil, featuring an interview with the mother of Gia Allemand, drew a 2.7/8 household rating. That was up 17% from the show’s opener last fall. In Women 25-54, the veteran CBS Distribution talker logged a 1.2/8. Ellen was the top daytime syndicated talk show for a second straight day, posting a 2.9/8 in HH and 1.6/10 in W25-54, down slightly from its season premiere but still ahead of last September’s average as the talk show is yet to get a boost from lead-in Steve Harvey, which returns to originals next week. Live With Kelly & Michael was a close second with a 2.8/10 and 1.4/11. Katie (1.7/5, 0.7/4) was down 15% in HH and 36% in W 25-54 from its second season debut on Monday.

Of the newcomers, Bethenny (0.8/3, 0.5/4) was off by a tenth in each category from its so-so premiere. CBS/Tribune’s late-night talker, The Arsenio Hall Show, cooled off after a hot debut with a 1.5 HH rating, down 21% from Monday but still 50% above the time period’s average last fall. The show was affected by President Barack Obama’s primetime address, which pushed the start of Arsenio in several markets. As insiders predicted, The Test is proving sturdy, keeping steady at a 0.7 HH rating.

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UPDATE: Jerry Springer Fills In For Dr. Phil On CNN Debate About Teen-Sex Tweet

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT

UPDATE, 9 AM: The downside, if you’re Dr. Phil and you decline to appear on CNN last night to defend your show’s quickly deleted controversial tweet, is that the program may book Jerry Springer as your stand-in. That said, it went surprisingly well for Dr. Phil. “[Dr. Phil McGraw] does a serious talk show. I do a circus. It would be different on my show and maybe not appropriate,” Springer told CNN’s Erin Burnett last night about the tweet, which had been put up to collect string for an upcoming episode of the Dr Phil syndicated talker that will be tied to breaking news events. This was the tweet: “If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her?” The tweet was deleted when outrage erupted and McGraw issued a statement of apology. “In his show, it is a serious issue,” Springer said. “For them to raise it as a subject on their show, I don’t see what the problem is. It should be discussed. I don’t know why they took it down.”

PREVIOUS, WEDNESDAY AM: Is it OK for a daytime talk show that trades in the discussion of hot-button topics to collect string for an upcoming episode by tweeting a provocative question to the show host’s 1.2 million followers? The Dr. Phil show and its host found themselves on the receiving end of a lot of snark and outrage this week after a staffer on the syndicated series tweeted in his Twitter account (1.2 million followers): “If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil.” The tweet included the hashtag “#teensaccused,” by way of making it clear the question was being asked about a recent news story. An orgy of outrage ensued (which included a selection of The Reporters Who Cover Television, some of whom did not mention the tweet, if grievously worded, was fairly standard operating procedure at talk shows collecting string these days) –  and the tweet was deleted. Read More »

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“They Stole It”: Dr. Phil Sues Gawker Over Manti Te’o Hoaxer Video

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 6:41pm PDT

Dr. Phil claims that Gawker caused his ratings to drop by lifting video from his show and he’s going after them for it. The copyright infringement suit is over the TV shrink’s interview with the man who says he fooled Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o into thinking he was his fake dead girlfriend. In an 8-page complaint (read it here) filed today in federal court in Texarkana, Texas, Dr. Phil Show copyright holders Peteski Productions sent notice to Gawker Media and its sports website Deadspin that they want unspecified damages and a jury trial. “Gawker deliberately set out to get ‘the jump’ on the rest of the country and ‘scoop’ Dr. Phil with his own content. They did not earn that right, they stole it. They did not conduct the interview, they stole it. They did not ask permission, they blatantly and knowingly infringed the copyright of the content owner and did so in a way that furthered their interest to the maximum and undercut the rightful owner of the protected material,” claims the complaint. The whole thing revolves around two episodes of the syndicated Dr. Phil Show that aired on January 31 and February 1 where the TV psychologist exclusively spoke to girlfriend impersonator and Te’o acquaintance Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

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‘Dr. Phil’ Renewed Through 2016-17 Season

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 10:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Dr. Phil McGrawTop rated daytime syndication talk show Dr. Phil has been renewed through the 2016-2017 season when it will mark its 15-year anniversary. The three-year extension to Dr. Phil‘s current station deals covers 77% of the country, including the show’s core CBS Television Stations Group, and includes upgrades. Currently in its 11th season, Dr. Phil averages 4.2 million viewers a week. It succeeded Oprah, where Dr. Phil McGraw got his start, as the highest-rated daytime syndicated talk show.  “Stations have really sat up and taken notice of the fact that Dr. Phil is the best news lead-in in the marketplace today,” said Joe DiSalvo, President of Sales at CBS Television Distribution. Dr. Phil was created by Oprah’s Harpo Prods. and is produced by Peteski Prods in association with CBS TV Distribution and is distributed by CBSTD. McGraw is host and executive producer. Carla Pennington is executive producer.

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‘Dr. Phil’ Tops November Sweep Among Syndicated Talk Shows; ‘Katie’ Top Rookie

By | Wednesday December 5, 2012 @ 12:03pm PST

For the first time in his 11 years on the air, Dr. Phil has won the November sweep for syndicated talk shows. The CBS Television Distribution advice show earned a 3.2 rating with an average audience of 4.303 million during the sweep, which ran from October 25-November 21. While the rating was flat with last year, its audience was up 2% from the 2001 November sweep and saw 6% growth to take the lead in the women 25-54 demographic.

Katie topped the freshman crowd with a 1.9 rating, finishing fifth overall. Dr. Phil was followed by last year’s leader Live With Regis & Kelly, which is now Live With Kelly And Michael. The Disney-ABC Domestic TV’s Live received a 2.7 rating during the period, down 18% from the 3.3 the show got last year when long-time host Regis Philbin bid farewell. Live had an average audience this year of 3.485 million, down from 4.385 million during the November 2011 sweep. Ellen came in third with a 2.6 rating, up 4% from last year’s 2.5; the show’s 2012 sweep audience grew to 3.463 million from 2011’s 3.353 million. Maury and the Dr. Oz Show were tied for fourth with a 2.4 rating. That’s the same as last year for Maury and a 14% drop from last year’s 2.8 for Dr. Oz. Maury saw its average audience fall 4% to 3.227 million, while the Dr. Oz Show saw its audience decline to 3.203 million from 3.705 million.

Related: WME Signs Talk Show Host Phil McGraw
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WME Signs Talk Show Host Phil McGraw

By | Monday September 10, 2012 @ 11:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Phil McGraw has signed with WME. This is the first time the top daytime talk show host has been represented by an agency. Since its launch a decade ago, McGraw’s Dr. Phil had been the No. 2 daytime talker behind The Oprah Winfrey Show, where McGraw got his start in television. Following the end of Oprah in May 2011, Dr. Phil established itself as the new ratings king in the daytime talk show arena. This past season, it led the pack with a 2.9 household rating average, up 7% from the 2010-11 season. Dr. Phil‘s 11th season was slated to premiere today but it has been pushed to tomorrow because of CBS’ coverage of the U.S. Open men’s tennis championship. Read More »

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UPDATE: CBS Shares -2% In After-Hours Trading Although Company Vows 2012 Will Be “Record-Breaking Year”

UPDATE, 2:45 PM: Despite the strong 3Q earnings, some investors are concerned about the lower-than-expected revenues and a slowdown in ad-sales growth from 2Q. But that didn’t stop CEO Les Moonves from his usual cheerleading in his quarterly conference call with analysts: With more digital and retransmission consent deals ahead, as well as polticial ads, “the company is set up for a record-breaking 2012,” he says. He’s confident about the ad market despite signs that the economy might weaken. “It is business as usual,” he says. “Very few people are cancelling us because they know they’ll have to pay more” next year. Moonves says the recent online streaming deal that CW cut with Hulu does not mean that CBS might join Comcast, News Corp, and Disney at the online video venture. CBS co-owns CW with Time Warner, but “CW is a different animal. It appeals to a younger demographic.” Moonves adds that the most important takeaway is that “we got paid a chunk of money. There was no advertising split, which is something we refuse to do.” Read More »

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It Wasn’t Tennis: ‘Anderson’ Doesn’t Get Second-Day Bump, ‘Dr. Phil’ Debuts No. 1

Nellie Andreeva

When new syndicated talk show Anderson debuted with a so-so 1.1 household rating on Monday, the producers called the rating atypical, claiming it was depressed because the show had to face the U.S. Open men’s tennis final in major markets, including New York. But on Day 2, Anderson Cooper’s talk show didn’t get a bump, drawing the same 1.1 household. It had a small uptick in the women 25-54 demo, from a 0.6 to a 0.7 rating. Meanwhile, the premiere of veteran talker Dr. Phil, which was pushed to Tuesday due to U.S. Open-related pre-emptions on the CBS stations, posted a 4.6 household rating for its exclusive interview with the parents of Casey Anthony. It was Dr. Phil‘s highest-rated season premiere in 7 years, up 92% from last season’s opener. Dr. Phil led the syndicated talk show pack yesterday, including Regis & Kelly (2.7/10), Dr. Oz (2.5/7), Ellen (2.3/6) and Maury (1.6/5).

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‘Anderson’ Starts Slow, Impacted By Tennis

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 11:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Telepictures’ new syndicated talk show Anderson had a rough start yesterday, drawing a 1.1 household rating, 0.6 in women 25-54. However, the talker starring Anderson Cooper faced CBS Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Open men’s tennis final in several major markets, including New York, San Francisco, and Boston. Facing massive pre-emptions on the CBS stations for tennis coverage, veteran talk show Dr. Phil moved its season premiere featuring Casey Anthony’s parents from yesterday to today.

Live With Regis & Kelly and Ellen led the talk-show ratings yesterday with Regis & Kelly (2.9 HH, 1.4 W25-54) topping the chart in households and Ellen (2.6 HH, 1.5 W25-54) in the female demo. Ellen averaged a 4.1/11 HH rating/share in the eight markets where it replaced Oprah, holding onto the Oprah time-period share. Dr. Oz, which succeeded Oprah in most markets, 80+, was up double digits from last fall’s premiere. In the top market where it replaced Oprah, LA, the show drew a 4.1 HH rating, 1.3 in W25-54. Here are the syndicated talk show ratings for yesterday: Read More »

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