Katie Couric’s new daytime syndicated talk show,* Katie* pulled in some heavy duty numbers in its premiere episode yesterday.

After all the hype and the media-blitz, people tuned-in to see what the former news anchor had in-store for them which included guests, Jessica Simpson, which many felt was a Weight Watchers infomercial) and Sheryl Crow, who made a remark that she may have gotten her cancer through her cell phone.

But with all that being said, the numbers are in and* Katie*, according to *The Hollywood Reporter*, “pulled in a 2.8 household rating and an 8 share in the top 56 markets. That ties the 2006 premiere of *Rachael Ray* for the biggest premiere numbers for a daytime talker since *Dr. Phil *in 2002. Couric, who built on the lead-in from the recently displaced *General Hospital* by 12 percent, also bested the second-season premiere of Anderson Cooper’s talk show. *Anderson* returned to a 1.3 rating and 4 share.

New talkers; *The Jeff Probst Show* and* The Ricki Lake Show* which also premiered yesterday, came in at a 1.0 rating and a 3 share, and a 0.8 rating and a 2 share, respectively.

So soapers, did anyone check out the premiere episode of *Katie?* If so, what did you think? Are her impressive first day numbers an indication that yes indeed,* Katie* is here for some time to come? Weigh-in!