Disney’s ‘Katie’ opened to some impressive ratings yeasterday which easily matched some of the top rated daytime talkshows of the past 10 years. Estimated numbers for the 56 metered markets moonitored by Neilsen shoe that the syndicated series hosted by Katie Couric secured a 2.8 household rating/8 share putting it firmly at the head of the pack in terms of the current talkshows. Steve Harvey last week posted 1.5/4 while Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake managed only 1.0 and 0.8/2 respectively.

Katie actually opened with the best overnights seen by any of the 25 daytime talkshows which have been premiered since Dr Phil’s debut in September 2002. Daytime television queen Rachael Ray also opened to a 2.8 rating back in 2006 leading many to tip Katie for great success.

Katie Couric and Jeff Zucker are executive producers of Katie which is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.