WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

New-Season Premiers Send Syndies Soaring

Most of the magazines and talk shows post solid gains as repeats give way to fresh episodes in the week ending Sept. 16.

Magazines ignited in the session ending Sept. 16 despite widespread power outages in some markets and preemptions due to Hurricane Florence and the 9/11 anniversary.

Inside Edition added 11% from the week before to a 3.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and edged showbiz news leader Entertainment Tonight, which rose 7% to a 14-week high 2.9.

TMZ picked up 8% to a 1.3, Access jumped 9% to a 15-week high 1.2, Extra surged 10% to a 12-week high 1.1 and Daily Mail TV spiked 11% to a seven-week high 1.0.

Meanwhile, Page Six TV saw its overnights mushroom over last year’s time periods by 40% in Los Angeles and 60% in Chicago with next-day coverage of the Emmy Awards on Sept 18.

ET was the highest rated of all the mags in the overnights with its Emmy recap, scoring a 3.0 rating/6 share primary run metered market average and time period growth of 25% in New York and 15% in Los Angeles.

Elsewhere, panel talker Face the Truth, the first new nationally cleared first-run strip to debut this season, opened with a very respectable 0.5 among women 25-54 and a 0.8 household rating. That was the second biggest premiere of the five first-run strips launched since September 2017, and four of the five have already been renewed.

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In other rookie news, court show Caught in Providence began Monday, Sept. 24, with a preliminary 0.3/1 metered market average.

Among the veteran talk shows, Dr. Phil began its 17th season with a 4% climb to a 2.8, finishing first in the category for the 106th straight week.

Live with Kelly and Ryan held steady in second with a 2.1 and Ellen DeGeneres advanced 11% to a third-ranked 2.0.

Other big movers in the top six were Steve Harvey’s Steve, which grew 20% in the key women 25-54 demo and spiked 9% to a nine-week high 1.2, tying Wendy Williams, which returned to originals and shot up 50% with its 10th season premiere to a 1.2.

Also of note in the off-net and off-cable true crime arena, Dateline raced ahead 9% to a four-week high 1.2 and quadrupled the debut week of True Crime Files at a 0.3.

At the top of the overall ratings chart, Judge Judy kicked off season 23 with an 11% leap to a 16-week high 6.9 and was the highest-rated syndicated show for a seventh consecutive session.

In addition, Judy’s creation Hot Bench unveiled its fifth season with a 5% gain to a four-week high 2.1.

The week’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:

  • Dr. Phil (1.2, +9% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.0, +11%)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.9, +13%)
  • Wendy Williams (0.8, +60%)
  • Maury (0.7, unchanged)
  • Steve (0.6 +20%), tied with Steve Wilkos (0.6, unchanged)
  • Face the Truth (0.5, NA)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

TALK SHOWS

  1. Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.8 +4%
  2. Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.1 NC
  3. Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.0 +11%
  4. Maury (NBCU) 1.3 +8%
  5. Steve (NBCU) 1.2 +9%
  6. Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.2 +50%
  7. Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.1 +10%
  8. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 NC
  9. Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.0 +25%
  10. The Real (WBDTD) 0.6 +20%
  11. The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 -29%
  12. Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 -56%
  13. Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) NA (being reprocessed)

FIRST-RUN ROOKIE SHOW

  1. Face the Truth (CTD) 0.8 NA

COURT SHOWS

  1. Judge Judy (CTD) 6.9 +11%
  2. Hot Bench(CTD) 2.1 +5%
  3. People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.4 NC
  4. Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC
  5. Divorce Court (Twentieth) 0.8 NC
  6. Judge Faith (Trifecta) 0.4 -20%

GAME SHOWS

  1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 NC
  2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +8%
  3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +12%
  4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +14%
  5. Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

INTERNET VIDEO

  1. Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

OFF-NET TRUE CRIME

  1. Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.2 +9%
  2. True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NA

MAGAZINE SHOWS

  1. Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1 +11%
  2. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9 +7%
  3. TMZ (WBDTD) 1.3 +8%
  4. Access (NBCU) 1.2 +9%
  5. Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 +10%
  6. Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.0 +11%
  7. Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.7 NC
  8. Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC

OFF-NET SITCOMS

  1. Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.3 +2%
  2. Last Man Standing (Twentieth) 2.0 NC
  3. Modern Family (Twentieth) 1.9 NC
  4. The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.4 NC
  5. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.3 -7%
  6. Family Guy (Twentieth) 1.2 -8%
  7. Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.2 NC
  8. Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC
  9. Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC
  10. Mom (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS

  1. Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.6 +3%
  2. Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 3.1 +7%
  3. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.6 +7%
  4. American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 1.5 -17%
  5. NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.4 NA
  6. Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.3 +18%

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