Regis’ goodbye on CTV most-watched morning talk show episode ever in Canada

As Regis Philbin said goodbye to daytime television, a record 1.12 million tuned in to watch LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY on CTV Friday, making it the most-watched morning talk show broadcast of all time in Canada.

With an increase of 16% from LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY’s second highest-rated episode, garnered when the show taped in PEI in 2010, Friday’s episode more than doubled its average fall audience (405,000, +178%).

Featuring a tribute from co-host Kelly Ripa and messages from celebrity friends, more than 1.8 million Canadians watched some or all of Regis’ final episode at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Impressively, LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY was the #4 program of the day overall Friday with F18-29 and F25-54, ranking only behind CTV’s prime-time lineup.

The newly titled LIVE! WITH KELLY, which kicked off this morning with guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld, continues weekdays at 9 a.m. ET on CTV. It’s an unofficial “Canadian” week on LIVE!, with guests including Canadians Kim Cattrall (SEX AND THE CITY), Howie Mandel (MOBBED) and Nathan Fillion (CASTLE).


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