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.
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Debuting September 10, Katie was well ahead of the other new shows on the syndicated block. The Disney-ABC Domestic TV talk show from Katie Couric, the former Today host and CBS News anchor, easily beat Steve Harvey’s 1.3 rating, Jeff Probst’s 0.7, the returning Ricki Lake’s 0.7 and UK expat Trisha Goddard’s Trisha’s 0.5. The soon-not-to-be-Jeff-Zucker-produced Katie garnered an average audience of 2.530 million, while Harvey, which was ninth overall among the syndicated talk shows, pulled in 1.827 million.
Overall among the syndie set, Rachael Ray was sixth with a 1.6 rating, down from last year’s 1.7. The Steve Wilkos Show and Jerry Springer were tied for seventh place with a 1.5 rating — up 15% for the former and flat for the latter compared with last year. Doctors was eighth with a 1.4. Down 21% from last year, the now cancelled Anderson Live with Anderson Cooper was 10th in the ratings with a 1.1. Wendy Williams was next with 1.0, which was down 17% from November 2011. Williams was followed by Probst and Lake. At 0.6, the Jeremy Kyle Show was flat with its first run last year.