Prior to last year, ”Phil“ had been No. 1 since ”Oprah“ left the airwaves
Throughout the decade leading up to BuzzFeed News‘ Thursday exposé of the “Dr. Phil” show — in which senior producers at the syndicated talk show are accused of some serious workplace malpractice (allegations that Phil McGraw and the show’s top producer strongly deny) — the long-running daytime series had been absolutely dominant in TV ratings.
Until last year, when “Live With Kelly and Ryan” became the No. 1 syndicated talk show, “Dr. Phil” had been first or tied for first every year since “Oprah” exited the space in the 2010-2011 season. (Last year, when Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest won, while McGraw’s program came in second place.)