Ratings: Katie Bows Big, Equals Best Talk Show Debut In 10 Years

Katie Couric Jessica SimpsonKatie Couric‘s new syndicated gabfest got off to a strong start in the ratings Monday.

According to preliminary data, Katie‘s 2.8 household rating equals the best talk show debut in the last decade (going back to Dr. Phil in September 2002).

Additionally, ABC’s numbers crunchers noted that the premiere of Katie beat the debut telecasts of Steve Harvey by 87 percent, The Jeff Probst Show by 150 percent and The Ricki Lake Show by 250 percent.

Did you watch Katie? If so, was Couric’s transition to daytime as seamless as her opening numbers seem to suggest?