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.