Rachael Ray Among Most Bankable Stars

TV Week reports that Rachael is among The Most Bankable Stars in Syndication. Rachael came in fifth on the list, which also included Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Ellen Degeneres and Tyra Banks.

Here's what the article had to say about Rachael:

America's best franchise story of the past year clearly went to the host of King World's latest series "Rachael Ray," which had the highest-rated premiere and first week for a syndicated talk show since the 2002 launch of "Dr. Phil." Shifting from a hit cable series to a daytime syndicated gig only seemed to turn up the publicity machine for the host.

"Rachael's down-to-earth girl-next-door persona is loved by all," said one panelist. "Whether she's cooking a souffle in 30 minutes or talking with her guests, her engaging and relatable personality makes her irresistible to watch on screen."

Averaging a 2.1 in her debut season, Ms. Ray continues to broaden her growing media empire. Her last four cookbook releases have each taken the top position on best-seller lists after only a week on sale, including her latest effort, "2,4,6,8: Great Meals for Couples or Crowds." Meanwhile, her magazine Every Day With Rachael Ray, where she serves as editor in chief, completed its first year in operation and a cookware line bearing her name surpassed expectations.

"Even though at times she may be too bubbly for some, daytime audiences have embraced her cooking gabfest," said a participant. "Thank goodness for another Oprah-inspired offering."

I don't think I've ever seen Rachael prepare a souffle, but other than that, I definitely agree with these comments. She's approachable and people are drawn to that. There's no doubt that Rachael inspires people who have never cooked (me) or who gave up on cooking (also me) to give it a try. People like to be inspired!

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