Kelly Ripa’s return to Live with Kelly and Michael on Tuesday scored a 4.7 rating/16 share in households in the 54 metered markets, according to Nielsen Media Research.
That’s up 38% from Monday, when Michael Strahan welcomed guest host Shay Mitchell of Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars, and up 62% from the show’s week-ago rating of 2.9/10. That was the day ABC made the announcement that Strahan would be decamping Live for Good Morning America, upsetting Ripa and launching a week of drama.
Strahan’s arrival and nearly four-year stint has been very good for Live, ratings-wise, and these next two weeks before he officially departs will likely prove to be the same. The challenge will now be finding a new co-host who can maintain or grow the show’s ratings as Strahan did.
Strahan was going to stay on the show all summer and leave in September, but ABC said Tuesday, after Ripa’s return, that Friday, May 13, will now be Strahan’s last day.