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.
Besides being the host and executive producer of his own show, which has received a total of 25 Emmy nominations to date, McGraw also executive produces The Doctors. Additionally, he is the author of six No. 1 New York Times bestsellers with nearly 30 million copies currently in print. At WME, McGraw joins his wife, author-TV personality Robin McGraw, who signed with the agency a month ago.
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