Entertainment Magazines Keep Up Momentum

In the week ending Jan. 13, the mag with the biggest percentage increase (and only show in the group to hit a new season high) was Access, which surged 17% from the prior frame to a season-best 1.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Ratings for the magazines were on fire for a second straight week in the session ending Jan. 13, as the shows continued to bask in the glow of Golden Globes coverage.

The mag with the biggest percentage increase — and the only show in the group to hit a new season high — was Access, which surged 17% from the prior frame to a season-best 1.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Entertainment Tonight was the top-rated magazine with a 14% spike to a 3.2, followed by Inside Edition, which added 15% to a 3.1.

Others in the category making double-digit leaps were: Extra, which jumped 10% to a 1.1 while climbing 20% among women 25-54, and Daily Mail TV, which rose 11% to a 1.0.

Page Six TV joined the after-show ratings party with double- or triple-digit week-to-week increases in seven of the country’s eight largest markets.

In daytime, Dr. Phil pulled away from its talk show rivals, skyrocketing 26% to a 2.9 and finishing first in the genre for the 123rd straight week.


Live with Kelly and Ryan and Ellen DeGeneres tied for second place at a 2.2, with the former dipping 4%, while the latter gained 5%.

The only other talker in the top nine moving up was Steve Harvey’s Steve, which shot up 20% in the key demo and improved 9% in households to a 1.2 despite being in repeats for part of the week.

Meanwhile, the two-week test for Breakthrough with Dr. Steve Perry — which began Jan. 7 on Fox stations in eight markets — posted an overall 0.4 rating /1 share weighted metered market average for its run, declining 50% from both its lead-in and year-ago time periods.

Back in the national numbers, top-ranked Judge Judy flexed some ratings muscle, clobbering all of syndication for the 24th week in a row, while strengthening 14% to a syndication-best 7.4. In addition, courtroom sibling Hot Bench raced ahead 14% to a 2.5 and was the third highest rated daytime show, behind only Judy and Phil.

Also of note, Wheel of Fortune finished first among game shows, picking up 12% to a new season high 6.7 and true crime leader Dateline revealed a 17% increase, jumping to a three-week high 1.4.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.3, +30% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.0, unchanged), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (1.0, +11%)
  • Maury (0.8, unchanged)
  • Steve Wilkos (0.7, unchanged)
  • Steve (0.6 +20%), tied with Wendy Williams (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) 2.9 +26%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.2 -4%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.2 +5%

Maury (NBCU) 1.4 NC

Steve (NBCU) 1.2 +9%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.1 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.1 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.0 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.7 +17%

The Doctors (CTD) 0.6 NC

Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.4 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 NC


Face the Truth (CTD) 0.8 +14%

Caught in Providence (20th Television) 0.6 -14%


Judge Judy (CTD) 7.4 +14%

Hot Bench (CTD) 2.5 +14%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 +7%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 NC


Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7* +12%

Jeopardy (CTD) 6.6* +14%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +8%

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) 1.3 +8%


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.4 +17%

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.1 NC

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC


Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.0 NC


Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.2 +14%

Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1 +15%

TMZ (WBDTD) 1.3 +8%

Access (NBCU) 1.4* +17%

Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 +10%

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.0 +11%

Page Six TV (20th Television) 0.6 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.8 +9%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.3 +15%

Modern Family (20th Television) 2.1 +5%

The Goldbergs (Sony) 1.6 +7%

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.4 +17%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD)  1.3 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.2 +9%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.1 -8%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.1 +10%

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 +11%


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.0** -17%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.5* +7%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.4 -7%

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

Madam Secretary (CTD) 1.0 NC

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