Among the strong performers for the week ending Jan. 21 were Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Ellen, Regis and Ray.
Magazine shows continued to rally in the week ending Jan. 21 as five of the six matched or exceeded their season’s high, driven by coverage of the Golden Globe Awards.
CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight was up third week in a row, hitting a 5.9, its best rating in two years. ET’s Jan. 16 Globe coverage averaged a 6.3, its highest daily rating of the season. Over the past three weeks, ET has risen 26%. For the week, ET gained 4% to a second straight new season high and grew 7% over last year at this time.
CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition also hit a new season high, gaining 6% to a 3.7.
NBCU’s Access Hollywood earned a new season high 3.2, up 10% for the week and up 19% over last year. Access Hollywood averaged nearly 4.3 million viewers, a 3.2 HH rating and its best key demographic figures since 2004.
CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider remained at its previous season high 2.8 for a second week and Warner Bros.’ Extra! held steady at a 2.3.
Also of note was the performance of Twentieth’s Geraldo at Large in its next to the last week on the air. It jumped 13% to a 1.7, matching its highest-ever rating. In the past two weeks, Geraldo has risen 21%.
Talkers were hot for a second week in a row, especially Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres and Buena Vista’s Live with Regis and Kelly which both hit new season highs. Many shows saw a ratings spike on the Martin Luther King birthday holiday, Monday, Jan. 15. Ellen jumped 13% to a new season mark of 2.6 and came within a tenth of its all time weekly high. On MLK Day it surged 32% Monday to Monday, to a 2.9. Live with Regis and Kelly hit a season’s best 3.8, up 6%. On Monday, with Paula Abdul as a guest, Live ballooned to a 4.0.
Compared to last year, Ellen and Live were the only two veteran talk shows with improved ratings, gaining 4% and 6%, respectively.
Other gabbers posting ratings growth were CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah, up 14% to a 7.2; CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil, which rose for a third week in a row during which time it has added 23%, up 8% to a 5.4; NBCU’s Maury, up 9% to a 2.5; CBS Television Distribution’s Montel Williams up 12% to a 1.9; NBCU’s Jerry Springer up 6% to a 1.8; and NBCU’s Martha, up 7% to a 1.5.
In rookie news, Rachael Ray had her best day ever on Jan 15, cooking up a 2.7 with Dream Girls’ Jennifer Hudson. For the week, Ray held firm at its season high 2.3 which was more than double the rating of her only nationally-rated rival, Dr. Keith Ablow at a 1.1, up 10%.
Yesterday, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray was upgraded in Minneapolis (DMA 15) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., replacing NBCU’s Megan Mullally which is now off the air. Ray took its new time period up 69% over its year-ago average with a 2.2 rating/8 share on Monday.
The newest syndicated entry, Fox’s The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, averaged a 1.3/5 in 25 metered markets for the week ending Jan. 21, its first week on the air. That was 44% higher than Ablow’s 0.9/3 metered market average and 160% higher than NBCU’s iVillage Live’s 0.5/2. iVillage, which was launched last month, airs on 10 NBC O&Os in midday slots. Although the opening week of The Morning Show was down from its lead-in and year-ago time period averages by double digits, it averaged a 2.4 or better on 50% of its stations outside the top 10 markets despite airing mostly in early morning slots.
Buena Vista’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was the only game show up over last year, scoring a new season high 3.7, up 3% both week to week and year to year. Other games were also up for the week, with leader CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune up 2% to a 9.0; CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy!was up 4% to new season high 7.3; and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was up 11% to a new season high 2.1.
The top court shows were little changed with the exception of CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown which hit a new season high of 3.2, up 7%. Leader CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy was unchanged for week and the year at a 5.0. In third place, Warner Bros.’ People’s Court had a 2.9, up 4%, while Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis was unchanged at a 2.6. Compared to last year, none of the judges were up.
Off-net sitcoms were mostly higher with CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond up 6% to 5.6; Sony’s Seinfeld up 16% to a 5.0; and Warner Bros.’ Friends up 3% to a 3.9. Year to year, however, the top three all were down by double digits.
CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami led the off-net weekly hours with a 4.9, down 6%. Tribune’s American Idol: Rewind, up 8% to a 2.7, moved into second place from third as the network Idol began its sixth season and Warner Bros.’ Without a Trace was right behind at a 2.6, down 10%.
CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight Weekend hit a new season high for the second week in a row, topping the first-run weekly hours with a 3% gain to a 3.3. In second place was CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition Weekend with a 1.9, a 36% jump over the previous week, making it the biggest gainer in the genre. Warner Bros.’ Extra! Weekend and NBCU’s Access Hollywood Weekend were tied, with both shows unchanged at a 1.5.