You may not be one of the many people who still watch Dr. Phil on his daytime talk show. But rest assured, a great many people do. So much so that it's made him an insanely wealthy man who is now officially the highest-paid TV host in the world. So how much did Phil McGraw make in the last year? According to a new report, Dr. Phil made a staggering $79 million from June 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017.
The list of the world's highest-paid TV hosts was recently published by Forbes and was compiled using figures are based on data from NPD Bookscan and IMDB, in addition to interviews with agents, managers, publicists, producers and lawyers. The figures are also before management fees and taxes. But still, even with that factored in, Dr. Phil pulled down a truly impressive amount of money in the last year, with 90 percent of it coming from his talk show. Here's what Les Rose, professor of practice for broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, had to say about hit.
"If you are going to deliver a particular audience like Dr. Phil does, you are pure gold to your advertisers. If Dr. Phil didn't appeal to moms at home, than he'd be out of business."
Ellen DeGeneres, who makes a pretty penny via her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as her other work, like in Pixar's Finding Dory, came in at number 2. She was just barely behind Dr. Phil, bringing in $77 million in the last year. From there, it's a pretty steep dropoff. Ryan Seacrest, who has more jobs than anyone can possibly seem to keep track of, comes it at number 3, earning $58 million. From there, Judy Sheindlin, aka Judge Judy ($47 million) and Simon Cowell ($43.5 million), round out the top five. Adam Klein, adjunct professor at Columbia Journalism School, points to the trust of the audience to their success.
"All of them are very powerful brands and highly trusted by their audiences. Recommendations by a trusted source is always at the top of the page when it comes to what draws advertisers."
In total, the top 10 brought in $462.5 million in the last year. Surprisingly, late night hosts like Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and James Corden were absent from the list. It's apparently tough to compete with that loyal daytime TV audience. You can check out the full list of the top 10 highest-paid TV hosts, courtesy of Forbes for yourself below.
1. Dr Phil: $79 million
2. Ellen DeGeneres: $77 million
3. Ryan Seacrest: $58 million
4. Judge Judy: $47 million
5. Simon Cowell: $43.5 million
6. Steve Harvey: $42.5 million
7. Bill O'Reilly: $37 million
8. Sean Hannity: $36 million
9. Michael Strahan: $21.5 million
10. Heidi Klum: $21 million