The only top-5 talker moving up in the week ending Feb. 24 was Ellen DeGeneres, which recovered 9% from a similar decline the week before to a second-place 2.4 behind Dr. Phil, which slipped 3%.
Preemptions for coverage of the Feb. 21 Chicago police announcement of felony criminal charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett were a drag on ratings for most daytime shows in the session ending Feb. 24.
For example, the only top-5 talker moving up was Ellen DeGeneres, which recovered 9% from a similar decline the week before to a second-place 2.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.
Dr. Phil remained far in front of the field for the 129th week in a row, despite dipping 3% from its season high to a 3.2.
The other talk shows in the big 5 — Live with Kelly and Ryan, Maury and Steve Harvey’s Steve — all held their ground at or near their best levels of the season with 2.3, 1.5 and 1.4, respectively. In addition, Steve clocked the largest year-to-year improvement among all daytime strips, jumping 56%.
Elsewhere, Judge Judy continued to pack a ratings wallop, racking up another frame at its season high 7.9 and finishing first in households among all programs in syndication for the 33rd straight week. That was up 1% for the week and 8% ahead of last year. Among women 25-54, Judy and Family Feud were tied for first place at a 3.2.
On the magazine front, sophomore Daily Mail TV had the largest percentage increase, leaping 10% to a 1.1, which matched its series high and tied Extra, which held steady at a 1.1. Extra, in turn, scored the greatest annual increase of any show in access, surging 57% from last year.
Also of note, Access shot up 14% week to week among women 25-54.
In the game show arena, the race tightened as Jeopardy rose 5% to a 6.8, tying usual leader Family Feud, which was flat at a 6.8. Not far behind was Wheel of Fortune, which picked up 3% to a 6.7.
The week’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:
- Dr. Phil (1.3, -13% from the week before)
- Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.0, unchanged), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (1.0, unchanged)
- Maury (0.8, unchanged)
- Wendy Williams (0.7, 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) 3.2 -3%
Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.4 +9%
Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.3 NC
Maury (NBCU) 1.5 NC
Steve (NBCU) 1.4 NC
Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.3 +8%
Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.2 NC
Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.2 NC
Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.1 -8%
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
FIRST-RUN ROOKIE SHOWS
Face the Truth (CTD) 0.9 NC
Caught in Providence (20th Television) 0.7 +17%
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.9 +1%
Hot Bench(CTD) 2.6 NC
People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.6 +7%
Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.1 NC
Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.8 NC
Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 NC
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 +5%
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 +3%
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6* +20%
Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC
OFF-NET TRUE CRIME
Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.3 -13%
Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.1 NC
True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC
SCRIPTED OFF-NET POLICE PROCEDURAL
Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.0 NC
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.2 NC
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.2 NC
TMZ (WBDTD) 1.4 +8%
Access (NBCU) 1.4 NC
Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 NC
Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.1 +10%
Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.7 NC
Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.3 NC
Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 5.0 +2%
Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.4 NC
Modern Family (20th Television) 1.9 NC
Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.5 NC
The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.5 NC
Family Guy (20th Television) 1.4 NC
Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.2 +9%
Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC
Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC
Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 -9%
Mom (WBDTD) 1.0 +11%
OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS
Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.2 +3%
NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.5 -6%
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.4 -7%
Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.3 NC
Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -8%
American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 1.2 +9%