Monday, May 27, 2024

All Hail Regis: Philbin Farewell on His Original Show Pushes “Live with Kelly and Ryan” UP a Whopping 19%


Regis Philbin ended his run on TV a King of ratings.

The numbers for “Live with Kelly and Ryan” week of July 27th– which began and ended with Regis special episodes– were up by a whopping 19%. Amazing.

The Monday show was a live remembrance of Regis with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. The Friday show was a repeat of Regis’s farewell from the show he invented in 1985, first aired in 2011.

The average for the week– in the summer, during reruns — was 1.9 million. The show was also up 14% in the key demo.

What a great tribute to Regis, who is much loved and missed. He invented the morning talk show. And no one will ever do it as well!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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