Say howdy to talk TV’S new king
Phil (left) has officially taken over from Oprah Winfrey as US TV’s No.1 talk-show host, but he’s half the star Oprah used to be. Just-released ratings for November show the TV shrink is on top with an average audience of 4.3 million viewers a day. When Oprah left the air last year, her audience was about twice as large. Live with Kelly and Michael was No.2 – down from last year when Regis Philbin was leaving the show. Katie Couric’s new show is way behind the leaders, but the best of the new shows, with about 2.53 million viewers a day, and growing.