Syndication Sports Some Good Gainers

Viewer support for long-time host Alex Trebek, who on March 6 revealed that had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, helped make Jeopardy the top-rated game show in the session ending March 10.

Although the veteran quiz show scored a five-week high 6.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, it still had no answer for February sweep champ — and usual ratings leader — Judge Judy, which jumped to a 7.5 and continued to outperform all syndicated shows for the 35th week in a row.

Elsewhere, Wendy Williams returned to her talk show after taking two months off to tend to illness and injury. That ignited a 36% increase from the previous week of reruns to a new season-high 1.5 for the program, which was enough for fourth place in the category.

Leading the talkers for the 131st consecutive week was Dr. Phil, which climbed 3 to a 3.1 despite being partly in repeats.

Live with Kelly and Ryan took over sole possession of second place for a second straight week with a steady 2.4, just a tenth off its season high.

After that Ellen DeGeneres was the No. 3 chat fest, declining 18% to a 1.8.


Rounding out the top six in talk were Maury and an all-rerun week of Steve Harvey’s Steve, which both stood fast at 1.4 and 1.3, respectively.

Back in access, Daily Mail TV delivered the largest percentage increase among magazines, spiking 9% to a new season-high 1.2 and tying Extra.

Access grew 8% year to year to a 1.4, pulling ahead of TMZ. Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight led the genre at 3.3 and 3.2, respectively.

Also worthy of note was scripted newcomer Chicago P.D., which captured 10% increase to a 1.1, matching its best rating yet and surging 20% among women 25-54.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.4, +8% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.1, +10%)
  • Wendy Williams (0.8, +33%), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, -20%) and Maury (0.8, unchanged)
  • 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) 3.1 +3%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.4 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.8 -18%

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.5* +36%

Maury (NBCU) 1.4 NC

Steve (NBCU) 1.3 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.2 +9%

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.1 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.1 NC

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) 0.8 +14%

Caught in Providence (20th Television) 0.7 +17%


Judge Judy (CTD) 7.5 +4%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.5 +9%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.4 -7%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 NC


Jeopardy (CTD) 6.9 +1%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 NC

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +2%

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +20%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6 +20%


Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.3 +8%


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.3 -7%

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.0 NC

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC


Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.1 +10%


Inside Edition (CTD) 3.3 +3%

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.2 -3%

Access (NBCU) 1.4 NC

TMZ (WBDTD) 1.3 -7%

Extra (WBDTD) 1.2 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.2* +9%

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.6 -14%

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.7 -2%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.3 NC

Modern Family (20th Television) 2.0 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.5 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.5 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.4 -7%

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.2 +9%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.1 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 -9%


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.1 -3%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.7* +6%

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

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.4 +27%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -8%

Madam Secretary (CTD) 1.0 NC

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