'Dr. Phil' Renewed Through 2017

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Six months into the 2011-12 season -- the first in a quarter-century without Winfrey dominating afternoons -- "Dr. Phil" has established a firm grip on the top spot among talk shows and has widened its lead in recent weeks.

The daytime talker, which has topped ratings since "The Oprah Winfrey Show" went off the air, has secured a three-year pickup.

TV's top syndicated talk show is sticking around through at least 2017.

CBS Television Distribution announced Thursday that Dr. Phil, daytime TV's reigning talk show, has been renewed for three more years. The deal, which carries Dr. Phil through the 2016-17 season, includes distribution in 77 percent of the country.

“To have a talk show on the air for 15 years is a huge accomplishment,” said CBS Television Distribution sales president Joe DiSalvo. “Stations have really sat up and taken notice of the fact that Dr. Phil is the best news lead-in in the marketplace today. Recognizing that value, Dr. Phil has gotten some nice upgrades during the renewal process. We’re thrilled to continue to be in business with Dr. Phil for years to come.”

Dr. Phil debuted in September 2002 after years of Phil McGraw's well-received segments on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Phil was created by Winfrey's Harpo Productions and is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution.

“I’m excited to continue my dynamic partnership with Leslie Moonves and my CBS family,” McGraw said of his renewal. “We’ve certainly got the best O&O group in the business. My staff and I have never been more passionate about the work that we are doing at the Dr. Phil show, and we take very seriously the faith and confidence that our viewers continue to show by bringing us into their homes each day. This renewal gives us the endorsement to continue to do the work we do, telling compelling stories for years to come.”

Averaging a robust 4.2 million viewers a week in its 11th season, Dr. Phil has been the No. 1 daytime talk show since The Oprah Winfrey Show ended its historic run at the top in 2011.

Dr. Phil has long played a major role in the success of our stations’ daytime schedules,” said CBS Television Stations president Peter Dunn. “We love working with the best in the business and look forward to continuing our great partnership with Phil for many years to come.”

The renewal will bring Dr. Phil to its 15th season. McGraw and Carla Pennington are executive producers.