‘Judy’ Races To Front In Feb. Sweeps

Her Honor clobbered all programs in syndication 32nd week in a row, uncorking a nose-bleed-level 7.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with more than 11 million daily viewers.

The session ending Feb. 17 featured perennial syndication champ Judge Judy opening an all-but-insurmountable lead in the race for the overall win at the midpoint of the February sweep.

Judy clobbered all programs in syndication 32nd week in a row, uncorking a nose-bleed-level 7.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with more than 11 million daily viewers.

While that was 1% off its season record of the previous frame, it represented an impressive 22% increase over last year’s Winter Olympics-compromised ratings.

Elsewhere in daytime, Dr. Phil took a commanding lead among talk shows for the sweep with a 3% gain to a a3.3, matching its season high and topping the chat fests for the 128th straight week.

Live with Kelly and Ryan registered a steady 2.3 and outperformed Ellen DeGeneres for second place in the session as Ellen slipped 8% to a 2.2.

Rounding out the top five were Maury, unchanged at its season-high 1.5, and Steve Harvey’s Steve, holding fast at its season-best 1.4. Steve also skyrocketed 56% over last year, the largest annual increase for any talker over the Olympic-impacted February 2018 sweep,


Among magazine, Access was the only show in the plus column for the week, pole-vaulting over TMZ with an 8% spike to a 1.4, which matched its season high and improved 17% over last year.

The largest year-to-year increase was recorded by Extra, which surged 57%, tripling the annual increase of any magazine in the top seven.

In other magazine news, the traditional entertainment magazines were up sharply in the 56 metered markets with their next-day coverage of the 91st Academy Awards on Monday, Feb. 25. Entertainment Tonight won the night in the Oscar ratings with an 18% increase over year-ago time period numbers to a first-place 4.0 rating/7 share primary run weighted metered market average.

Access and Extra were often bumped for the winter Olympics or pre-Olympics specials last February, but grew 5% to a 2.0/4 and 13% to a 1.8/4, respectively, over January 2018, while Daily Mail TV and Page Six TV both jumped 14% from last year 0.8/2.

Another big Academy Awards winner with its next-day coverage was Live’s “After Oscars Show” which gave Live with Kelly and Ryan its highest single-day ratings in two years, ballooning 23% from its February 2018 average to a 3.2/11.

Back in the national ratings for the session ending Feb. 17, Family Feud inched up 1% from the week before to a new season-high 6.8 and led the game shows for a second consecutive frame.

Also coming on strong was the off-net Dateline strip, which spiked 7% for the week and 25% from last year to a 12-week-high 1.5, handcuffing the true crime genre for the 23rd week in a row.

In addition, the Monday-Friday scripted Chicago P.D. shot up 25% among women 25-54.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.5, +7% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.0, unchanged), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (1.0, -9%)
  • Maury (0.8, -11%)
  • Wendy Williams (0.7, unchanged)
  • Steve Wilkos (0.6, unchanged), tied with Steve (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) 3.3 +3%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.3 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.2 -8%

Maury (NBCU) 1.5 NC

Steve (NBCU) 1.4 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.2 -8%

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.2 +9%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.2 +9%

The Real (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.6 NC

Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.4 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 NC


Face the Truth (CTD) 0.9 +13%

Caught in Providence (20th Television) 0.6 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 7.8 -1%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.6 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.1 +10%

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.8 +14%


Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8* +1%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.5 -2%

Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 -2%

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +13%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.5 +7%

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 -3%

Inside Edition (CTD) 3.2 NC

Access (NBCU) 1.4 +8%

TMZ (WBDTD) 1.3 -7%

Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.0 -9%

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.7 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.9 NC

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.4 NC

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.9 -5%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.5 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.5 -6%

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.4 +8%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.1* +10%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.1 -9%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.6 NC

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.5 +7%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.3 +8%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.3 -19%

American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 1.1 +83%

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