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
FIRST-RUN ROOKIE SHOWS
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%
OFF-NET TRUE CRIME
Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.3 -7%
Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.0 NC
True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC
SCRIPTED OFF-NET POLICE PROCEDURAL
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%
OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS
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