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‘Katie’ Launch Draws Big Ratings

The series premiere of the new syndicated talk show “Katie” was a very solid one ratings-wise. According to Nielsen metered market ratings, Katie Couric‘s talk show debuted to a 2.8 household rating/8 share. That would make it the strongest new daytime talk show launch since 2002, when “Dr. Phil” also launched to a 2.8/8.

Compared to the other talk show competition: “Steve Harvey” debuted last week to a 1.5 rating/4 share, “Jeff Probst“ debuted yesterday to a 1 rating/3 share, “Ricki Lake“ debuted yesterday to a 0.8 rating/2 share (worth noting that Lake was affected by a retransmission dispute in the New York market, which likely affected ratings somewhat) and the second season of Anderson Cooper‘s talk show debuted to a 1.3 rating/4 share.

“Katie” even manged to improve on its “General Hospital” lead-in by +12%.

The final ratings will likely be slightly different, but don’t expect any drastic changes in the numbers. The more important numbers for Disney and Couric — the weekly ratings — will be available next week.

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Between the Morning and the Evening, Katie Couric Settles In to Her Comfort Zone

If today’s long-awaited debut of Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show resembled an infomercial for Weight Watchers, that’s because it was.

The first three segments of Couric’s Disney chatfest were devoted almost entirely to guest Jessica Simpson’s post-partum weight loss — thanks to Weight Watchers. There were so many rhapsodic plugs, I kept waiting for the 800 number and my free ginzu knife.

Simpson gushed about her new role as a Weight Watchers poster girl. Then came a sneak preview of her Weight Watchers ad, followed by a full segment joined by her Weight Watchers coach. The capper was a free two-week Weight Watchers membership, via ‘Katie’s’ website.

To be kind, Jessica Simpson was no Sarah Palin, but Couric appeared to be thoroughly enjoying the absence of heavy lifting. After her hellish tenure as anchor of ‘CBS Evening News,’ ‘Katie’ must feel like a fabulous, all-expenses paid vacation. Hey, if Anderson Cooper did it, why not Couric?

Call it ‘Today Extra Lite.’

As has become the fashion, ‘Katie’ opened with a cutesy taped bit. More than a little derivative, given that she did the same thing for her guest-hosting stint on ‘Good Morning America’ in April.

She wakes up from a weird dream and proceeds to tell it to a mystery person in the other twin bed. (An homage to ‘I Love Lucy?’) “I dreamed I left ‘Today’ to anchor the evening news, and I did it for five years, and then I dreamed I was going to be hosting my own daytime talk show!”

Peeling back the covers, a jammies-clad Matt Lauer says: “That wasn’t a dream, and the talk show starts right now!” Cue hilarity.

After almost a full half-hour of Jessica Simpson and Weight Watchers, however, I was reeling from estrogen-induced boredom. Thankfully, the next guest, Sheryl Crow, who composed ‘Katie’s’ up-tempo theme song and is a good friend of the host, had some interesting things to say.

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Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper Facing Serious Challenges In Crowded Syndie Marketplace

Today former CBS and NBC news anchor Katie Couric will debut her syndicated talk show “Katie” (look for Gail Shister‘s review of the first episode later today).

Also debuting today: new talk shows hosted by “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, Steve Harvey and a return to daytime TV from Ricki Lake. That doesn’t even count the new seasons of returning shows like “Ellen” and Anderson Cooper‘s syndie show “Anderson Live.”

If last year was a slow one for syndicated daytime talk shows, this year the cup runneth over.

B&C’s ace syndication reporter Paige Albiniak breaks it down (subscription required):

After all of these months of hype, now comes the moment of truth: Which of these shows will survive to see season two? The answer is hard to predict, and each has its own factors by which to set expectations.

Katie has by far the strongest clearances and the best time slots. So while that show has the best chance to succeed, it also faces the highest expectations. That could work to the advantage of the rest of the pack, all of which have to be considered underdogs compared to Katie.

MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman argues that despite the pressure, Couric is sure to break out:
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Anderson Cooper On His Upcoming Syndicated Show: ‘This is not a news program’

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper participated in a keynote discussion at the Promax/BDA conference in New York Wednesday. Cooper was interviewed by his former colleague, CBS “Early Show” anchor Erica Hill, who had a busy day of her own starting with the morning show and concluding with a taping of the “Late Show” later today.

Cooper was at Promax to talk about his upcoming daytime talk show, “Anderson,” which debts in the Fall.

The anchor said that the ability to continue doing his daily CNN program, as well as traveling across the globe when news breaks, was important to him. The syndicated show will be shot with that in mind.

“The idea now is that we will probably be shooting two shows a day, three days a week,” Cooper said. “We will have enough shows on tape to cover a week if I have to go somewhere. I was in Egypt for a week or 10 days, and Japan as well. I know for a fact I will still be able to travel, and that is very important to me. If I go somewhere for a breaking news story, and there is something that may have interest for a daytime audience, we will bring some staff from Anderson, and do that.”

Cooper says that despite his hard-news pedigree, his new show will not be a news show. The closest it may get is leading up to the 2012 elections, where he says they may ask the two candidates to come on and reveal their softer side:

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Katie Who? CBS Creating Daytime Talk Show for ‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst

After opting not to strike a deal with former “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric for a daytime talk show, CBS has instead inked a deal with “Survivor” host Jeff Probst to host a talker. Both Couric’s new talk show on ABC and Probst’s CBS project will debut in Fall, 2012.

According to B&C‘s Paige Albiniak, Probst will shoot a pilot next month, which will be shopped to TV stations across the country. He is not a stranger to the format, having filled in for Regis Philbin on “Live! with Regis & Kelly” as well as  for Larry King on his eponymous CNN program.

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Poll: Who Will Replace Larry King?

With Larry King announcing his impending departure comes the obvious question: who will be next in the 9pmET time slot?

As strange as it sounds, the logical answer might be Piers Morgan. There was an surprising amount of chatter earlier this month about Morgan and CNN. The fact that we haven’t heard a peep in the past week could mean that the deal is already done. On the other hand, CNN/US president Jon Klein tells the LA Times’ Matea Gold that the network is “not in negotiations” with Morgan.

But Morgan’s name isn’t the only one that’s been in circulation. Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman writes today, “CNN has two options for filling the high-profile 9:00 p.m. timeslot: Katie Couric or somebody else.” Couric, though, may not be pursuing anything with the network.

Last night, King himself suggested Ryan Seacrest would be a good candidate for the job. Jeff Probst also recently expressed interest. And then there’s the idea of moving Anderson Cooper into the slot or even moving Joy Behar from HLN.

POLL TIME. (You knew this was coming.)

Who Will Take Over for Larry King?online surveys

‘Jeff Probst Live?’

The NYPost chats with “Survivor” host Jeff Probst about the possibility of taking over for Larry King when the CNN icon retires. “It’s almost disrespectful to imagine yourself in their jobs,” he tells the Post of King as well as Regis Philbin whom he also sometimes subs for. “They’re their jobs until they decide they’re done.” But he does add, “I’m an interviewer at heart. It’s what I’m most interested in in life.”