On Tuesday, Sept. 4, as Kelly Ripa announced Michael Strahan as her new co-host during the inaugural broadcast of the newly rechristened syndicated talk show, "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael" scored an impressive 3.9 household rating, 13 share in the U.S. metered markets, shooting up 44 percent over the year-ago September 2011 time period average (2.7/9). In addition, the show posted huge year-over-year time-slot gains across all key women demographics:W18-34 (+83 percent), W18-49 (+70 percent ) and W25-54 (+64 percent).
•"LIVE! with Kelly and Michael" ranked No. 1 in 14 of the top 15 U.S. markets.
•Among U.S. metered market households, "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael" scored the program's top-rated telecast since November 2011 (since 11/21/11), equaling its second-highest rating since Regis Philbin departed the show. Additionally, it was the show's highest rating in nine years on the first Tuesday after Labor Day - since 2003.
•In New York, "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael" soared to a winning 6.0/18, jumping 140 percent from its year-ago September 2011 average and more than doubling its nearest competitor in the time period (+150 percent over NBC's "Today Show" = 2.4/7). .
Source: The Nielsen Company, Weighted, U.S. Metered Market Live + Same Day Ratings (09/04/12). Data not available for New Orleans.