The ‘Dr. Phil’ Talk Show will be discontinued soon
After 21 seasons, the popular daytime talk programme “Dr. Phil” will complete its original episode run this April.
Dr. Phil McGraw, 72 years old at the time, has decided to end production of new episodes after the 2022-23 season. CBS Media Ventures, the syndicator of “Dr. Phil,” plans to keep the show on the air with a package of reruns through at least the 2023–24 season.
CBS sources highlighted that McGraw made the decision to cancel the Monday-through-Friday hour-long series. Over the past few years, McGraw has expanded his role as a producer of written, late-night television shows. Moreover, he is the host of not one but two podcasts. Even while linear television has seen significant decreases across the board, “Dr. Phil” still pulls in an average of around 2 million people every episode. After Disney’s “Live With Kelly and Ryan,” it is the highest-rated daytime talk programme.
After 25 years of daytime television, McGraw is calling it quits on “Dr. Phil.” In the late 1990s, he first gained widespread attention as a frequent guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” As a result, in the fall of 2002, he premiered his own series. Winfrey’s Harpo Productions created the show, and King World Productions, owned by CBS, handled distribution.
McGraw stated in a statement, “I have been blessed with over 25 wonderful years in daytime television, With this show, we have helped thousands of guests and millions of viewers through everything from addiction and marriage to mental wellness and raising children. This has been an incredible chapter of my life and career, but while I’m moving on from daytime, there is so much more I wish to do.”
McGraw stated that he plans to announce a “strategic primetime partnership” to “increase his impact on television and viewers,” suggesting that he would soon be embarking on a new TV project. The launch is planned for early 2024, although information from McGraw are limited at this time.
“I am compelled to enage with a broader audience because I have grave concerns for the American family, and I am determined to help restore a clarity of purpose as well as our core values,” McGraw stated.
Paramount Global’s bottom line will take a hit without new episodes of “Dr. Phil,” as well as the licencing fees and advertising income the programme brings in. The exorbitant price that CBS is demanding from TV station owners for the “Dr. Phil” repeat package to broadcast next season is a contributing factor to the news of McGraw’s intention to discontinue fresh production.