‘Dr. Phil’ Tops The Talkers With 10% Gain

Almost everything else in first run was hard-pressed to improve at all amid pandemic preemptions during the week ending May 17.

Dr. Phil had the right prescription for a big performance in the session ending May 17, surging to the top of the talkers with a double-digit increase. Although almost everything else was hard-pressed to improve at all amid pandemic preemptions, Phil forged ahead 10% to an eight-week high 2.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

This marks the third straight week of increases for the strip, which has risen 22% over that span. Of course, Phil is no stranger to first place, having led the talk shows 182 times in the past 193 weeks.

Live with Kelly and Ryan eased 5% to a 2.0, finishing a strong second, while Ellen DeGeneres declined 6% to a new season low 1.5.

Among the rookie talkers, Tamron Hall hung tough at a 0.9 in households and rose 33% in the coveted women 25-54 demo, despite heavy preemptions.

Both Hall and fellow newcomer Kelly Clarkson were honored with multiple Daytime Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Informative and Entertainment Talk Show categories, respectively.

Elsewhere, Judge Judy, syndication’s top-rated show in the household numbers for the season to date, which was nominated for the Outstanding Courtroom Program Emmy, clocked a 5.9 to trounce all daytimers, even though the strip was in reruns on all five days.


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In access, magazines were mostly steady despite being blacked out in top market New York for a live coronavirus relief telethon that aired May 11 on all affiliates.

Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition both dipped 4%, but tied for the category lead at a 2.7.

The rest of the top six magazines — Access Hollywood, TMZ, Extra and Daily Mail TV — all held their ground at 1.3, 1.1, 0.9 and 0.8, respectively. Of note, Extra, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition were nominated for Emmy awards as Outstanding Entertainment News Programs. Daily Mail was last year’s winner.

The week’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:

  • Dr. Phil (0.8, +14% up from the week before), tied with Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.8, -11%)
  • Maury (0.7, unchanged)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.6, -14%), tied with Steve Wilkos (0.6, +20%)
  • Wendy Williams (0.5, unchanged)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA means not applicable.


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Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.2 +10%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.0 -5%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.5** -6%

Maury (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.0 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 -9%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.0 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.8 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.5 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 NC


The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 1.0** -9%

25 Words or Less (CTD) 1.0 -9%

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.9 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.8 NC

America Says (Sony) 0.8 -11%

Personal Injury Court (MGM) 0.5 -17%

Mel Robbins (Sony) 0.4 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 5.9 -8%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.1 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.4 -7%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 -13%

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.4 NC

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Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 -3%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0 -3%

Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 -2%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 -17%


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.9 -10%

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 0.8 NC


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.7 -4%

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.7 -4%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.3 NC


Extra (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.8 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 3.2 -6%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.1 NC

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.4 -7%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.1 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.1 +10%

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.1 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.0 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 0.9 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.7 -3%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.6 +7%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.3 NC

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.1 -8%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.0 -9%

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.0 -9%

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[email protected] says:

May 27, 2020 at 10:58 pm

I was hoping that Live With Kelly & Ryan would remain number 1 and that Dr. Phil wouldn’t take the number 1 slot again.

mrdoyle71 says:

June 6, 2020 at 1:40 am

Phill is cool

mrdoyle71 says:

June 6, 2020 at 1:40 am

Not surprised

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