New-Season Premiers Send Syndies Soaring
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.
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.
- Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.8 +4%
- Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.1 NC
- Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.0 +11%
- Maury (NBCU) 1.3 +8%
- Steve (NBCU) 1.2 +9%
- Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.2 +50%
- Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.1 +10%
- Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 NC
- Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.0 +25%
- The Real (WBDTD) 0.6 +20%
- The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 -29%
- Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 -56%
- Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) NA (being reprocessed)
FIRST-RUN ROOKIE SHOW
- Face the Truth (CTD) 0.8 NA
- Judge Judy (CTD) 6.9 +11%
- Hot Bench(CTD) 2.1 +5%
- People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.4 NC
- Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC
- Divorce Court (Twentieth) 0.8 NC
- Judge Faith (Trifecta) 0.4 -20%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +8%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +12%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
- Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC
OFF-NET TRUE CRIME
- Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.2 +9%
- True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NA
- Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1 +11%
- Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9 +7%
- TMZ (WBDTD) 1.3 +8%
- Access (NBCU) 1.2 +9%
- Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 +10%
- Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.0 +11%
- Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.7 NC
- Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC
- Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.3 +2%
- Last Man Standing (Twentieth) 2.0 NC
- Modern Family (Twentieth) 1.9 NC
- The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.4 NC
- Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.3 -7%
- Family Guy (Twentieth) 1.2 -8%
- Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.2 NC
- Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC
- Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC
- Mom (WBDTD) 0.9 NC
OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS
- Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.6 +3%
- Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 3.1 +7%
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.6 +7%
- American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 1.5 -17%
- NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.4 NA
- Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.3 +18%