With newer syndicated daytime shows struggling to stick, studios are moving in to lock the talent of the strongest, long-running performers for years to come. On the heels of CBS TV Distribution earlier this year extending the contract of Judy Sheindlin, star of TV’s top-rated syndicated show Judge Judy, through 2020, CBS’ syndication arm has done the same for Phil McGraw, host and executive producer of the No.1-rated daytime talk show Dr. Phil. He also has signed a new multi-year agreement that will keep him on Dr. Phil through 2020.
“Dr. Phil is the leading voice in daytime television and he’s made his show an important platform to discuss issues our viewers are struggling with every day,” said Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group. “He truly is one of a kind.”
Currently in its 14th season, Dr. Phil is averaging 4.4 million viewers. It has been the highest-rated daytime talk show for the past four years. For the previous nine seasons, it ranked behind only the The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In addition to Dr. Phil, McGraw is an executive producer of CBS Television Distribution’s daytime talk show The Doctors, and his company also is developing a syndicated talk show with the Daily Mail.