Pretty Flat February Sweep For Syndies

Most shows are unchanged or down from February 2018. The first-run genre winners are Dr. Phil (talk); Judge Judy (courts); Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune (games); and Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition (magazines).

Judge Judy was on fire in the February sweeps (Jan. 31-Feb. 27), winning the important winter survey period in its 23rd season by the show’s widest margin ever.

According to the Nielsen results announced today, Judy towered over all syndicated shows with a 7.8 live-plus-same-day national sweep average. That was greater than the combined ratings of the four other nationally measured court shows and matched the program’s third-highest February rating in the last 10 years. tI was also the strip’s 11th first-place finish in the past 12 sweeps.

Judge Judy Sheindlin’s creation Hot Bench scored a 2.5 average, ranking as the sweeps’ No. 2 gaveler and third-highest-rated daytime strip overall, behind only Judy and Dr. Phil.

Phil, which has finished first in talk in every February sweep for the past eight years, again dominated its competition with a 3.2 average. It was the top talker’s 22nd consecutive major sweep win in the category.

Live with Kelly and Ryan, which finished third in talk last February, moved up in the rankings to tie Ellen DeGeneres for second place at a 2.3.

Maury and Steve Harvey’s Steve, at 1.5 and 1.4, respectively, were the only talkers in the top five to avoid any household ratings losses from last February. And Steve was the only talk show in the top seven to hold 100% of its rating among women 25-54 from last year.


Turning to access, the game show contest was a nail-biter that came down to the wire and ended in a triple dead-heat among Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with each show at a 6.7.

The battle for top magazine honor in the sweep was also too close to call with Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition neck-and-neck at a 3.2. Meanwhile, ET climbed 16 from last year in top market New York on WCBS.

Access put up a solid 1.4, tying TMZ for third place.

Next in line: Daily Mail TV tied Extra at a 1.1, with Daily Mail delivering double-digit year-to-year increase in both New York and Los Angeles. However, Extra drew an impressive 1.5 million daily viewers.

Elsewhere, Dateline captured first place in the true-crime genre with a 1.4 average, doubling its year-ago rating in New York and rising 50% in Los Angeles.

Also coming up big was the scripted Chicago P.D., which jumped 25% from its September debut and witnessed a 100% year-over-year increase in Los Angeles.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.4 average, -7% from February 2018)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (1.1, -15%)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.0, -9%)
  • Maury (0.8, -11%)
  • Wendy Williams (0.7, -13%)
  • Steve (0.6, unchanged), tied with Steve Wilkos (0.6, -14%)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the February 2018 sweep; * 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 sweep average, -14% from last February

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.3 -4%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.3 -15%

Maury (NBCU) 1.5 NC

Steve (NBCU) 1.4 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.2 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.2 -8%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.2 NC

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%


Face the Truth (CTD) 0.9 NA

Caught in Providence (20th Television) 0.6 NA


Judge Judy (CTD) 7.8 NC

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.5 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 -12%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.1 -8%

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 -30%


Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 -3%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 -1

Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 NC

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.3 -13%


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.4 NC

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.1 NA

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NA


Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.0 NA


Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.2 NC

Inside Edition (CTD) 3.2 -3%


Access (NBCU) 1.4 NC

Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 -15%

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.1 NC

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.7 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.3 +50%


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.9 -4%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.4 +26%

Modern Family (20th Television) 2.0 -20%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.5 -6%

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.5 -17%

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.4 -7%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NA

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.1 -27%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 -17%

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 -9%


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.3 +3%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.6 NA

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.4 -18%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.4 NA

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

Madam Secretary (CTD) 1.1 NA

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