Forget all the buzz about new talk shows from Katie Couric, Ricki Lake and Steve Harvey. Veteran trash TV talker Maury Povich is proving he’s still got game!
According to TV Week, Maury led all talk shows the week of September 17, among women 25-54, with a 1.7 rating in the demo, up from 1.4 last season. Among households, Dr. Phil leads the pack with a 3.1 average this season, followed by Live with Kelly and Michael at 2.6.
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Steve Harvey has landed a deal to distribute The Steve Harvey Show throughout Africa. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pact with Electronic Media Network to air the talk show on Mnet Channel includes the first season’s 200 plus episodes and also “includes a further two seasons of the newly launched U.S. show.”
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Katie might be the No. 1 new syndicated daytime talk show, but The Perky One's numbers are continuing to slide from her impressive Sept. 10 debut. According to Broadcasting and Cable, Katie has slid 17 percent to a 1.9/6 rating in households. The Katie Couric-helmed vehicle has also fallen 25 percent among women 25-54. READ MORE
The fall of 2012 could be the most significant start to a daytime television season in history. In addition to long-running ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital moving timeslots and someone other than Reege permanently sitting next to Kelly on Live, a whole crop of new talk shows premiered, all jockeying for the throne abdicated by Oprah Winfrey in 2011. Who will sink? Who will soar in the Nielsens?
I had the privilege of being interviewed by Neal Justin of the Minneapolis Star Tribune for his piece previewing this fall's daytime TV wars. Here's a snippet of one of my answers to Justin about the importance of this TV season for daytime:
"This is probably the most significant fall season for daytime TV in history," said Jamey Giddens, editorial director for DaytimeConfidential.com, a website that's covered the terrain since 2007. "It's really going to be a battle."
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He's conquered stand-up, sitcoms, radio, game shows, self-help books and even the box office, but can Steve Harvey go from being one of the Kings of Comedy to daytime royalty? Check out a hilarious promo below for the premiere week of Steve Harvey, which starts airing today in syndication (Check your local listings). READ MORE
Multitasking entertainment mogul Steve Harvey will join one of the most crowded daytime talk show premiere seasons ever, starting Sept. 4 when the nationally-syndicated Steve Harvey premieres. In a recent interview with the Oakland Tribune, the host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud and author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (which was adapted into a blockbuster film) had this to say about why he decided to do a daytime show:
I've always wanted to do one. That was the dream. But my goal for years was late night. I'm a stand-up comedian and that's where all my counterparts were. Jay Leno. George Lopez. Conan. Letterman. Kimmel. ... But my life changed and I evolved as a person. I got more into family and faith. And then was "Family Feud" and my book for women, the movie, and I was thrust more into the mainstream. So daytime started to feel like a better fit.
Watch a sneak peek of Steve Harvey—where Harvey schools a guest on how foul it is to break-up via text—after the jump!