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The Steve Harvey Show

On the Tuesday, December 16 edition of NBCUniversal's syndicated daytime talker, "The Steve Harvey Show," former "Days of our Lives" actress Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami Brady) sits down with Steve Harvey to talk about her two-decade long run on "DAYS," her hosting duties on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and her novel, "Scared Scriptless." In your first look clip, Sweeney reveals that it was hard to leave the daytime soap she called home since she was a teenager and that she's kept in touch with her former colleagues via social media. Sweeney also revealed that she's been back to direct several episodes of the daytime drama series since completing filming last May as Sami.
For more than 10 years fans of daytime soap operas have been coming to Soap Opera Network to find out how their favorite soap was faring in the weekly ratings report. From time to time we would also provide analysis of how they stacked up when compared to their broadcast counterparts in the talk show and game show genres, but we've never looked at how the broadcast soaps (and to a lesser extent the broadcast talk and game shows) compared to syndicated television. Not that it wasn't easy to provide a comparison, it was just never something we found necessary. In recent months, with the introduction of several syndicated talk shows including "Katie" and "The Steve Harvey Show," which together took over the 3:00 PM slot from "General Hospital" in much of the country this past September after "GH" moved to 2:00 PM, and the second season without "The Oprah Winfrey Show," things have changed. Recently, Broadcasting & Cable came out with a report that showed how syndicated programs might be a solid alternative to our soaps in the key demographics when it comes to Madison Avenue buying advertising time. While we wouldn't want advertisers to give up on our favorite shows, B&C does provide a solid rationalization and even highlights the value of soap operas when it comes to the all important key women demos (Women 18-49, Women 25-54, etc).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1:37 PM EDT
Debuting amidst one of the most competitive landscapes in years for syndicated talkers, “Katie” opened as the clear No. 1 freshman daytime talk show, winning all 5 days of its opening week in Homes. On average during the week, “Katie” held wide advantages over its freshman competitors in both Households (2.3/7) and Women 25-54 (1.2/7), including “Steve Harvey” (+64%/+33%), “Jeff Probst” (+188%/140%) and “Ricki Lake” (+229%/+200%).