Phyllis was a great success during its first season. Cloris Leachman won a Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actress in a comedy series, and the series was the sixth highest-rated television series for the 1975-1976 television season (at the time ranking higher than both Rhoda and The Mary Tyler Moore Show). However, Phyllis was canceled by CBS in 1977 after only 48 episodes due to steadily declining ratings during the second season, when it finished in 40th place. Coincidentally Phyllis ended the same week that The Mary Tyler Moore Show did. Cloris Leachman appeared in the final episodes of both shows.