‘Harvey’ draws top new talker rating since ’09
September 6, 2012
One of this fall’s new syndicated shows is off to a good start.
The Tuesday series premiere of “Steve Harvey” scored the best debut for any talk show in three years, since “Dr. Oz” in 2009.
The show averaged a 1.5 household metered-market rating, according to Nielsen, increasing the year-ago timeslot average by an impressive 50 percent.
It bettered its average lead-in by 25 percent.
The show did particularly well in New York City, the country’s largest TV market, where it averaged a 1.9 on WNBC, topping its lead-in by 375 percent. It was up 171 percent over the year-ago timeslot average.
“Harvey” improved at least 80 percent over last year’s timeslot average among women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, syndication’s sweet spot.
Of course Harvey could lose his best-since-2009 distinction next week, when Katie Couric’s new talk show debut is expected to generate huge ratings.
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