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‘Live With Kelly & Michael’ Delivers Its Top-Rated Week Yet

One of the hottest shows in daytime is the Disney-distributed syndicated talkshow “Live With Kelly & Michael,” which this month delivered the show’s top rating in its nearly 18 months on the air.

Getting a boost from co-host Michael Strahan’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over Super Bowl weekend, “Live” drew a season-best 3.6 household rating for the week of Feb. 3-7, according to Nielsen, marking the show’s third consecutive week of growth.

Not only does this represent a best-yet rating for “Live With Kelly & Michael,” which launched in September 2012, but it’s also the second highest household rating in the last seven years for “Live.” The only higher tally for “Live” since February 2007 was a 6.7 (and 9.45 million total viewers) for Regis Philbin’s final week as host of “Live With Regis & Kelly” in December 2011.

In total viewers, “Live” also saw growth for a third straight week, hitting a season-high of 4.799 million, putting it ahead of “Ellen” (4.662 million) and behind only “Dr. Phil” (5.605 million) among syndicated talkers.

Guests for the week of Feb. 3-7 on “Live With Kelly & Michael” included Kermit the Frog, Nick Cannon, George Clooney and Matt Damon. But the top score (3.8) came on Monday (Feb. 3), the first day after Strahan, a former standout defensive player for the New York Giants, was inducted into football’s Hall of Fame.

Compared with the comparable week of 2013, “Live With Kelly & Michael” was up 29% in households (3.6 vs. 2.8), 31% in total viewers (4.80 million vs. 3.67 million) and 19% in adults 25-54 (1.9 vs. 1.6).

Season-to-date, “Live” is up 14% in total viewers (3.94 million) to stay slightly ahead of “Ellen” (which is up the same amount to 3.90 million) and not far behind “Dr. Phil” (4.22 million). The show is also up in key demos, including a 13% rise among women 25-54 (1.7 vs. 1.5).

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