Phil McGraw
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United States

Ghost Mountain Productions, Peteski Productions


Co-Founder / Producer

Since 2002, Phil McGraw has been the host of “The Dr. Phil Show,” which became the highest rated daytime talk show once Oprah Winfrey left the air in 2011. One of the most widely recognized figures in his field, the author and retired psychologist brings a unique spin to television self-help.

After gaining notoriety from appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the late ’90s, he quickly secured his own program, which has become massively popular. McGraw ranked No. 1 among TV stars on Forbes’ highest earning celebrity list in 2017, amassing roughly $99 million as of July.

He’s developed a knack for generating headlines with his tough-talking interviews with newsmakers including Burke Ramsey, Rachel Dolezal and David Cassidy. McGraw will attempt to extend his daytime dominance in the fall with syndication launch for “DailyMailTV” in partnership with the British tabloid and CBS Television Distribution. In August, his production company, Stage 29, signed a first-look deal with CBS TV Studios.

Born in Oklahoma and the married father of two sons, he attended high school in Kansas before setting off to the University of Tulsa on a football scholarship, graduating from Midwestern State University in Texas.

After co-founding the trial consulting firm Courtroom Sciences in 1990, he met Winfrey, who helped him get his feet wet on the small screen after he assisted her in a lawsuit brought against her by members of the beef industry. In 2002, Winfrey’s Harpo Productions launched his own syndicated series, and the rest is TV history.


  • DR. PHIL


  • Midwestern State University (TX, USA)
  • University of North Texas (TX, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Television Impact
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Phil McGraw Renews Talk Show Pact with CBS Through 2020

Phil McGraw Renews Talk Show Pact with CBS Through 2020

"Dr. Phil" will keep on talking through 2020. Host Phil McGraw has extended his deal with CBS Television Distribution for three more years.The syndicated strip is in its 14th season and ranks as daytime TV's most-watched talk show with an average of 4.4 million viewers so far this season. "Dr. Phil" and Ellen DeGeneres' "Ellen" typically vie for No. 1 bragging rights in the women 25-54 and women adults 18-49 demos.McGraw's previous pact with CBS was set to expire in...


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