‘Inside Edition,’ ‘Judy’ Post Nov. Sweep Gains
The November sweeps race — traditionally the most crucial rating period of the year for syndicated strips — turned into a rout with Judge Judy the runaway winner in a landslide. The popular courtroom strip crushed all rivals, ranking as syndication’s No. 1 show by its widest November margin ever, according to results for the key Oct. 25 to Nov. 21 survey period just released by Nielsen.
For the tenth time in the past 11 major sweeps, Judy was syndication’s highest rated program with a hefty 7.4 live-plus-same-day national average, its biggest November since 2015.
In the closely watched talk show contest, Dr. Phil, which has finished first in the category every November for the past seven years, topped the field for the 21st consecutive sweep with a 3.0 average.
The battle for second place among talkers came down to the wire and ended with Ellen DeGeneres delivering a 2.3 and inching ahead of Live with Kelly and Ryan’s 2.2 in the final days. Although, Live tied Ellen for second in the coveted women 25-54 demo after coming in third in the female age group last year.
Next in line, Maury posted a 1.4, while right behind was Steve Harvey’s Steve, which tied Wendy Williams at a 1.3. Of note, Steve’s ratings grew 50% over last November in No. 2 market Los Angeles.
Turning to true crime, the off-net Dateline strip led the genre with a 1.4 and ended the sweep on a high note, leaping 23% to a new season-record 1.6 in the final week.
Newcomer police procedural Chicago P.D. clocked a 0.9 average in its first November, which was up 13% from its September debut.
Back in first run, Family Feud had the high score among game shows with a 6.3. Elsewhere in access, Inside Edition, with a 3.1, slipped past stablemate Entertainment Tonight’s 3.0.
Among magazines on the move, Access jumped 20% from last November in Los Angeles and averaged a 1.2 nationally to tie TMZ. Extra was only a tick behind, averaging a 1.1, while also improving sharply in the second-largest market in the key women 25-54 on KNBC.
In addition, Daily Mail TV was in the hunt with a 1.0 average after chalking up a 40% increase in top market New York on WPIX.
Meanwhile, sophomore Page Six TV scored year-to-year growth in many key markets including a 120% hike in Washington and notched a 0.7 nationally.
The sweep’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:
- Dr. Phil (1.3, -13% from last November)
- Ellen DeGeneres (1.0, -17%), tied with Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.0, -9%)
- Maury (0.9, unchanged)
- Wendy Williams (0.8, -11%)
- Steve Wilkos (0.7, -13%)
- Steve (0.6, unchanged)
In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from November 2017; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous November; NA mean not applicable.
- Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.0 -19%
- Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.3 -4%
- Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.2 -8%
- Maury (NBCU) 1.4 -7%
- Steve (NBCU) 1.3 -7%
- Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.3 -7%
- Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.2 NC
- Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.1 -15%
- Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.1 -8%
- The Real (WBDTD) 0.7 -13%
- The Doctors (CTD) 0.6 -25%
- Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.4 +33%
- Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 -67%
FIRST-RUN ROOKIE SHOWS
- Face the Truth (CTD) 0.8 NA
- Caught in Providence (20th Television) 0.6 NA
- Judge Judy (CTD) 7.4 +1%
- Hot Bench(CTD) 2.4 -4%
- People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 -12%
- Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 -17%
- Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 -22%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 -3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 -2%
- 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 -20%
OFF-NET TRUE CRIME
- Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.4 NC
- Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.1 NA
- True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NA
SCRIPTED OFF-NET POLICE PROCEDURAL
- Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.9 NA
- Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1 +3%
- Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.0 -3%
- TMZ (WBDTD) 1.2 -14%
- Access (NBCU) 1.2 -14%
- Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 -8%
- Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.0 NC
- Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.7 -13%
- Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 -33%
- Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.7 -8%
- Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.1 +31%
- Modern Family (20th Television) 2.0 -20%
- The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.6 -11%
- Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.4 -33%
- Family Guy (20th Television) 1.3 -19%
- Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NA
- Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.1 -27%
- Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 -17%
- Seinfeld (Sony) 0.9 -18%
- Mom (WBDTD) 0.9 NC
OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS
- Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.5 +9%
- NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.4 NA
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.3 -32%
- Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.2 NA
- Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.1 -8%
- Madam Secretary (CTD) 1.0 NA