Papa, Can You Hear Me? Phillips Boosts ‘Oprah’

Daddy drama lifts Winfrey ratings, while ‘Dr. Oz’ appears to have the right ratings prescription

Last Updated: October 6, 2009 @ 11:36 AM

Oprah Winfrey doesn’t have any daddy issues.

Thanks to her blockbuster interview with papa-pleasing actress Mackenzie Phillips, the queen of talk notched another great round of ratings the week ending Sept. 27, according to Nielsen data from CBS TV Distribution.

Winfrey’s Sept. 23 chat with the ex-"One Day at a Time" star averaged a 6.0 household rating. That’s less than what Winfrey earned with her much-hyped Whitney Houston season premiere (7.4 rating), but still well above Winfrey’s average.

Overall for the week, "Oprah" notched a 5.2 rating for the week, up 4 percent from a year ago. While not spectacular, the numbers are impressive in a daypart racked by steady declines and once again demonstrate that the Oprah-is-over meme some conservatives have tried to spread is just plain false.

In other syndication news, "Dr. Oz" continues to do nicely, ranking as the No. 3 talkshow behind O and "Dr. Phil." And "Ellen" is flat year-to-year.