'Dr. Phil' Renewed Through 2017

Michael O'Connell
The Hollywood Reporter
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TV's top syndicated talk show is sticking around through at least 2017.

CBS Television Distribution announced Thursday that Dr. Phil, daytime TV's reigning talk show, has been renewed for three more years. The deal, which carries Dr. Phil through the 2016-17 season, includes distribution in 77 percent of the country.

“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.”

Dr. Phil debuted in September 2002 after years of Dr. Phil McGraw's well-received segments on The Oprah Winfrey Show. One of several lifestyles experts the late series gave a spinoff, Dr. Phil was created by Winfrey's Harpo Productions and is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution.

“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.”

Averaging a robust 4.2 million viewers a week in its eleventh season, Dr. Phil has been the number one daytime talk show since The Oprah Winfrey Show ended its historic run at the top in 2011.

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 renewal will bring Dr. Phil to its fifteenth season. McGraw and Carla Pennington are executive producers.