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!