DAYTIME'S #1 TALK SHOW "DR. PHIL" RENEWED FOR THREE MORE YEARS IN 77% OF THE COUNTRY
CBS Television Stations Among First to Extend Through 2017
Strong Ratings Drive Renewals and Upgrades Across the Country
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 24, 2013 - DR. PHIL, the top-rated talk show in daytime, has been renewed through the 2016-2017 season in 77% of the country, including by the CBS Television Stations Group, it was announced today by Joe DiSalvo, President of Sales at CBS Television Distribution.
The three-year extension will take DR. PHIL through its 15th season.
DR. PHIL airs on 13 CBS-owned stations, including those in the top 5 markets: WCBS, New York; KCBS, Los Angeles; WBBM, Chicago; KYW, Philadelphia; and KTVT, Dallas-Ft. Worth. Other groups with stations signing on include Young Broadcasting, Post-Newsweek, LIN Television, Sinclair Broadcast, Dispatch Broadcast, Media General, Cox Television and Cordillera.
"To have a talk show on the air for 15 years is a huge accomplishment," DiSalvo said. "Stations have really sat up and taken notice of the fact that DR. PHIL is the best news lead-in in the marketplace today. Recognizing that value, DR. PHIL has gotten some nice upgrades during the renewal process. We're thrilled to continue to be in business with Dr. Phil for years to come."
"I'm excited to continue my dynamic partnership with Leslie Moonves and my CBS family," Dr. Phil McGraw said. "We've certainly got the best O&O group in the business. My staff and I have never been more passionate about the work that we are doing at the DR. PHIL show, and we take very seriously the faith and confidence that our viewers continue to show by bringing us into their homes each day. This renewal gives us the endorsement to continue to do the work we do, telling compelling stories for years to come."
"DR. PHIL has long played a major role in the success of our stations' daytime schedules," said Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations. "We love working with the best in the business and look forward to continuing our great partnership with Phil for many years to come."
DR. PHIL, currently in its 11th season, is averaging 4.2 million viewers a week and is the #1 talk show in daytime.
DR. PHIL was created by Harpo Productions and is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution and is distributed by CBS Television Distribution, a unit of CBS Corp. Dr. Phil McGraw is host and executive producer. Carla Pennington is executive producer.
CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 13 first-run series and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. Among CTD's critically-acclaimed programs are the #1 syndicated series Judge Judy; talk leader Dr. Phil; the #1 and #2 rated game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!; the Emmy Award-winning talk shows Rachael Ray and The Doctors; the #1 and #2 newsmagazines Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition, along with omg!INSIDER; the #2 court show Judge Joe Brown; reality dating show Excused; freshman talk show The Jeff Probst Show; the upcoming late-night talk show The Arsenio Hall Show; the upcoming talk show The Test; and popular off-network product, including the CSI and Star Trek franchises, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, NCIS, Criminal Minds, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Hot in Cleveland and Undercover Boss. In addition, CTD handles the domestic television distribution of CBS News, CBS Films and Showtime. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.