Television's top syndicated talk show is set to keep doling out advice on the airwaves until at least 2017.
CBS Television Distribution announced today that "Dr. Phil," the reigning daytime talk show since Oprah Winfrey left the air, has been picked up for an additional three years, carrying it through the 2016-17 season.
"Dr. Phil has long played a major role in the success of our stations’ daytime schedules," said CBS Television Stations president Peter Dunn. "We love working with the best in the business and look forward to continuing our great partnership with Phil for many years to come."
The therapeutic talk show has been a steadily high ratings performer since McGraw branched off on his own, averaging 4.2 million viewers in its current season. And... how is that working out for him?
"I’m excited to continue my dynamic partnership with Leslie Moonves and my CBS family," McGraw said of his renewal. "We’ve certainly got the best O&O group in the business. My staff and I have never been more passionate about the work that we are doing at the Dr. Phil show, and we take very seriously the faith and confidence that our viewers continue to show by bringing us into their homes each day. This renewal gives us the endorsement to continue to do the work we do, telling compelling stories for years to come."
The renewal will guarantee McGraw's unique brand of straight talk will persist through a 15th season. "To have a talk show on the air for 15 years is a huge accomplishment," said CBS Television Distribution sales president Joe DiSalvo. "Stations have really sat up and taken notice of the fact that Dr. Phil is the best news lead-in in the marketplace today. Recognizing that value, Dr. Phil has gotten some nice upgrades during the renewal process. We’re thrilled to continue to be in business with Dr. Phil for years to come."