The famous television show starring Dr. Phil McGraw ends after a long and successful run spanning two decades. Dr. Phil announced in 2018 that the show would officially end after the 2022-2023 season, when it enters its 21st year on the air, after signing his most recent five-year contract with CBS Media Ventures.
Dr. Phil expressed gratitude for his 25 years of success on daytime television, noting that he has helped tens of thousands of guests and millions of viewers with issues ranging from mental health to addiction and marriage counseling. He said that even though he is leaving the daytime spotlight, he still has some career goals in mind.
CBS Media Ventures has offered networks the option of airing previously recorded episodes during the 2023-24 season, allowing fans to continue reliving Dr. Phil’s timeless advice and guidance. His influential work has touched many people’s lives over the last two decades and will continue to impact even after his final episode.
Dr. Phil McGraw plans to reveal details about a significant primetime initiative that will allow him to expand his reach and influence on television and viewers. This ambitious program is set to launch in the coming year, as McGraw expressed a desire to instill more purpose and fundamental values in Americans.
According to a CBS official, the television personality has been preoccupied with developing plots for scripted projects and hosting two podcasts – Mystery & Murder: Analysis by Dr. Phil and Phil in the Blanks.
This venture follows McGraw’s period of deep reflection as he struggles to understand how families across America are faring during this turbulent time. He sees this as an opportunity to engage people constructively on a much larger scale, allowing him to inspire them with essential values while providing meaningful entertainment through his shows and podcasts.
With this mission in mind, McGraw is making every effort to ensure that his project is a success when it launches next year. As part of this process, he has already begun laying the groundwork for it by developing plots for scripted shows and captivating content for his podcast series, which he hopes will appeal to audiences.
While many details are still unknown, it is clear that McGraw is committed to positively impacting those who watch or listen to him with his new project.
Dr. Phil McGraw’s television career took off when he frequently appeared as a guest expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the 1990s. His show premiered in late 2002, and he has since hosted over 4,000 episodes with over 20,000 guests and received over 5 million letters from viewers.
According to Variety’s ratings, Dr. Phil is currently the second most-watched talk show, with an estimated 2 million people tuning in each episode on average, narrowly trailing Live with Kelly and Ryan.
“Phil is a treasured partner and member of the CBS/King World family, and while his show may be ending after 21 years, I’m delighted to announce our connection will continue,” CBS Media Ventures’ Steve LoCascio said in response to McGraw’s decision to end his show after 21 years of success.
Phil transformed the daily scene that so many people have grown to love as the driving force behind one of daytime television’s most-watched conversation shows. “We intend to continue our Dr. Phil collaboration with the library for many years to come, and we look forward to future opportunities for cooperation.”
Along with The Wendy Williams Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dr. Oz, and The Real, this is another iconic daytime talk show finale, reflecting a shift away from this particular format of programs that has entertained audiences for decades.