Michael Strahan‘s debut on the Live! with Kelly and Michael proved to be a ratings success, capturing the no. 1 spot in 14 of the top 15 U.S. markets. Strahan, a former NFL Giant, replaced longtime host and television legend Regis Philbin to join Kelly Ripa for the daytime television talk show.
In New York, Live! averaged an 18 share of the viewing audience, or 541,000 viewers, a strong number when compared to that of the Today Show, with a second-place rating of 192,000 viewers. Nationally, Strahan’s first show increased ratings by 44 percent over the same day a year ago, and more than doubled the audience in New York, which was Strahan’s hometown his entire football career.