“Live!” Tops “Dr. Phil”: Kelly Ripa And Michael Strahan Have No. 1 Talk Show

January 8, 2013  |  

It’s official. The addition of Michael Strahan to the morning show lineup was a good idea. Live! With Kelly and Michael topped all talk shows for first time this season. The show even beat out Dr. Phil, which had been the top syndicated talk show for the past 13 weeks of the 2012-2013 TV season, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Live! With Kelly and Michael captured a 2.8 rating in total households, meaning about 3.6 million people tuned in during the week of December 16 to December 23. By comparison, 3.5 million watched Dr. Phil.

It was the show’s highest rating since early September when Strahan was announced as Kelly Ripa’s new co-host, replacing longtime host Regis Philbin. Strahan joined the show during a period when a record number of African-American men took hosting slots on TV shows, as we reported last September. Among the others were ex-106th & Park BET host Terrence J (Jenkins) who replaced Ryan Seacrest as co-host of E! News and Steve Harvey on The Steve Harvey Show.

At the time we asked if the addition of more African-American men on daytime TV would boost ratings? Well, now we have the answer.

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