Steve Harvey Surges to Tie Katie in Nielsens

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Steve Harvey's next New York Times best seller could be entitled Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Hit Talk Show host. The comedian's self-titled daytime chatfest tied Katie in the Nielsen ratings the week ending Oct. 20. Both sophomore vehicles netted a 1.7 in households for the week. Steve Harvey was up 6 percent over the previous week in households; 10 percent among women 25.54.

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Katie Couric's talker was also up by 6 percent in households and 13 percent among W25-54, though at a 0.9, she trailed Harvey in the demo (1.1). Dr. Phil was the No. 1 syndicated daytime talk show the week in question, with a 3.0 in households.  Live With Kelly and Michael (2.7), Ellen (2.5), Maury and Dr. Oz (the latter two tied at 2.0) rounded out the Top 5 syndie talk shows for the week.