Top talker ‘Dr. Phil’ renewed through 2017
January 25, 2013
“Dr. Phil,” the No. 1 syndicated talk show since mentor Oprah Winfrey left the air two years ago, will be sticking around for another four seasons.
Yesterday CBS Television Distribution said the program had been renewed through 2017 by the majority of its local carriers.
It marks the longest distribution deal in place for a syndicated show, one year longer than “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” the previous record holders.
“Phil” is averaging a 2.9 household rating this season, 0.3 ahead of the No. 2 talker, “Live! with Kelly and Michael.”
As part of the deal, “Phil” will move from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in some markets, a more favorable timeslot that could lead to higher ratings.
Meanwhile, in other programming, Lena Dunham told Alec Baldwin on the latter’s podcast that her HBO comedy “Girls” has been renewed for a third season. The network has not officially announced the renewal.
Golf Channel is relaunching “Morning Drive” on Feb. 4, expanding the show to seven mornings a week.
“Gypsy Sisters,” which follows the Stanley family from “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding,” bows Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. on TLC.
MTV will return “World of Jenks,” a documentary series, March 4 at 11 p.m.
And on March 6, “The Rachel Zoe Project” debuts its fourth season at 9 p.m. on Bravo, followed by “It’s a Brad, Brad World” at 10 p.m. and the series premiere of “Dukes of Melrose” at 10:30 p.m. “Dukes” follows boutique owners Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos.
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