Talk Shows Draw A Crowd As Sept. Wanes

In the week ending Sept. 23, many chat fests reported ratings gains. With a few exceptions, the rest of first-run was mostly flat or down.

Led by Dr. Phil, the top tier of talk shows delivered some Nielsen heat in the last week of summer, the session ending Sept. 23. In addition, syndication champion Judge Judy lobbed a haymaker at its competition becoming the first show of the new season to hit or exceed the 7 rating level.

In talk, Phil spiked 7% from the previous frame to a 15-week high 3.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, extending its winning streak in the genre to 107 weeks.

Live with Kelly and Ryan held steady at a 2.1 and tied Ellen DeGeneres, which added 5% to a 2.1 in households, although Live outperformed Ellen in the key women 25-54 demo.

Maury moved up 8% to a 1.4 and finished just ahead of Steve Harvey’s Steve, which clocked a 17-week high with an 8% jump to a 1.3.

Meanwhile, Judge Judy lit up the Nielsen chart with a 7.1, scoring a 17-week high with a 3% hike and easily beating all first-run and off-net shows in syndication for the eighth straight frame.

Hot Bench also got a favorable verdict, climbing 5% to a 14-week high 2.2 and ranking as the third-highest strip in daytime after only Judy and Phil.


In access, most of the top seven magazines were pressured by news, sports and Emmy red carpet preemptions. However, four of the shows managed to avoid declines and hold steady. Namely: Access at a 1.2, Extra at a 1.1; Daily Mail TV at a 1.0; and Page Six TV at a 0.7.

Also of note, Daily Mail and Page Six began their second seasons on positive notes with Mail 11% ahead of last year’s opening week and Page Six seeing top-six market spikes over last year’s premiere week of 40% in Dallas, 60% in Philadelphia and 233% in Washington.

On the rookie front, week two of newcomer Face the Truth retained 100% of its 0.8 opener, which was the second-biggest first-run premiere since September 2017.

By comparison, freshman Caught in Providence averaged a 0.3 rating/1 share in the metered markets after beginning its run Sept. 24.

And among the true crime shows, the off-net Dateline surged 17% to an 18-week high 1.4 and handily topped the off-cable debut of Live PD: Police Patrol at a 1.0 and the second outing of the off-cable True Crime Files, which was unchanged at a 0.3.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.3, +8% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.9, -10%)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, -11%), tied with Maury (0.8, +14%) and Wendy Williams (0.8, unchanged)
  • Steve (0.6, unchanged), tied with Steve Wilkos (0.6, unchanged)

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) 3.0 +7%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.1 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.1 +5%

Maury (NBCU) 1.4 +8%

Steve (NBCU) 1.3 +8%

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.2 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.0 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.7 +17%

The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 NC

Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.4 NA


Face the Truth (CTD) 0.8 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 7.1 +3%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.2 +5%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Divorce Court (Twentieth) 0.8 NC


Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 +2%

Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -2%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 -4%

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -8%


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.4 +17%

Live P.D.: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.0 NA

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.9 -6%

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8 -3%

TMZ (WBDTD) 1.2 -8%

Access (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.0 NC

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.7 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.3 +50%


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.3 NC

Last Man Standing (Twentieth) 2.1 +5%

Modern Family (Twentieth) 2.1 +11%

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.4 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.4 +8%

Family Guy (Twentieth) 1.2 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.1 -8%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.0 NA

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.9 -10%

Mom (WBDTD) 0.9 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.1 -14%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 2.8 -10%

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.5 -6%

American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 1.5 NC

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.3 -7%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -8%

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[email protected] says:

October 2, 2018 at 7:18 pm

I think Page Six TV is doing better in the ratings in West Michigan as it moved from 10:30AM on WZZM to 11:00PM on WXSP but since it isn’t mater market wouldn’t know how it’s doing.

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