The appearance of Vancouver weathercaster Tamara Taggart on Live With Regis and Kelly saw a 56 per cent increase in the number of Canadian viewers, with 474,000 tuning in.

Taggart interviewed actress Renee Zellweger and journalist/author Geraldo Rivera when she filled in for series regular Kelly Rippa last Friday on the popular U.S. TV morning show.

According to CTV, Philbin complimented Taggart’s poise under pressure.

“You know, we have one of the most-jammed shows we have ever had in the history of this show. That’s why I am glad you’re so experienced, because it’s going to take all of our talents to get through this today,” Philbin said.

Taggart was the only Canadian selected as one of the 10 finalists in the From Local to Live Co-Host for a Day contest.