We are still waiting for an update on GENERAL HOSPITAL's ratings on the first day in its new timeslot. We do know up KATIE was up 12% from its lead-in of 2.5/8, which is GH in many big markets.
Below are more KATIE tidbits from a press release the show sent out today:
* KATIE equaled the highest daytime talk show opener in the last decade, going back to DR. PHIL in September 2002. In fact, there have been a total of 25 daytime talk show debuts since DR. PHIL launched.
* Recruiting audience to the stations, KATIE built on its lead-in by 12% (2.8/8 vs. 2.5/8).
* Despite facing a high bar set for its year-ago time-period comparisons, as it replaced established network programming in half of the U.S. markets, KATIE improved its time period year to year by 22% (September 2011 average = 2.3/6). Of the new daytime talk shows, KATIE had by far the highest year-ago benchmark comparisons to beat.
* The debut of KATIE ranked first or second in its time period in each of the Top 15 U.S. markets, including No. 1 finishes in the Top 2 markets, New York and Los Angeles.