Daytime Talk Ratings: ‘Wendy Williams Show,’ ‘Meredith Vieira Show’ Hit Highs

“Dr. Phil” remains on top of the syndicated heap

To answer her own catchphrase, Wendy Williams is doin’ pretty good on the ratings front.

Syndicated daytime talker “The Wendy Williams Show” hit a ratings high for the week ending Oct. 19, averaging a 1.8 household rating — a 14 percent jump over the previous week and a 29 percent surge versus the same week last season. That marks a series high for the show, which launched in 2008.

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The previous high for “The Wendy Williams Show” was a 1.7, which it hit during the week ending Feb, 9 of this year.

In the key women 25-54 demographic, “The Wendy Williams Show” earned a 1.2 rating for the week, which represented a season high for the show.

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In other syndicated talk show news, the freshman offering “The Meredith Vieira Show” held steady in household ratings, averaging a 1.2 for the week, but jumped 16 percent in the women 25-54 demo, hitting a series high of 0.7.

Those gains notwithstanding, the ratings crown remained with “Dr. Phil,” which topped the genre for a seventh straight week. Logging a 3.2 household rating, “Dr. Phil” inched up 3 percent from the previous week to match a series high. The show, hosted by drawling advice-dispenser Phil McGraw, was also tops in the women 25-54 demo, notching a 1.6 rating.

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Following on the heels of “Dr. Phil” was “Live With Kelly & Michael,” which remained steady with a 2.8 household rating for the second-place position among talk shows. ” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” took third place, growing 8 percent from the previous week for a 2.6 household rating.