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Ratings: ‘Live with Kelly and Michael’ Spikes With Kelly Ripa’s Return

Kelly Ripa’s return to “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Tuesday produced a ratings surge for the long-running syndicated talk-show.

According to Nielsen, “Live” averaged a 4.7 household rating/16 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, up sharply from the previous Tuesday’s hour (2.9/10), which had been Ripa’s final show before returning. ABC certainly wasn’t crowing about the numbers and didn’t release ratings highlights, but it’s believed that yesterday marked the show’s best numbers of this September-May television season.

The 4.7 overnight rating for Tuesday’s episode, in which Ripa told viewers that her two-day holdout last week was about “respect in the workplace” following the decision by ABC execs to shift co-host Michael Strahan to “Good Morning America,” topped the previous 2016 “Live” high set with its telecast the day after the Oscars (3.8 rating/13 share).

Yesterday’s episode also figured to be heavily recorded, though DVR playback and final numbers won’t be available until next week.

ABC said Tuesday that Strahan’s exit from “Live with Kelly and Michael” will come earlier than expected — May 13 — to allow “Live” to begin auditioning guest hosts. The move will also give Strahan more of a chance to make appearances on “GMA” before he moves there full-time in the fall.

Season-to-date, “Live with Kelly and Michael” is the No. 2-rated syndicated talk show, averaging a 2.9 household rating and about 4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. In the key demo of women 25-54, its 1.4 rating is tied with “Ellen DeGeneres” and a tick behind top-rated “Dr. Phil.”

The show is distributed in national syndication by Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution.

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