Clocks Jump Ahead, Syndie Ratings Fall Back
As usual, the first week of Daylight Saving Time signaled a ratings downturn for most syndicated shows in the session ending March 17.
Some programs were also forced to deal with preemptions for coverage of the administration’s first presidential veto on March 15. For example, ratings for Jeopardy, whose longtime Alex Trebek revealed on March 6 that he had stage four pancreatic cancer, dropped 9% from the prior round to a 6.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.
However, the show continued to rule the games for a third week, albeit narrowly. Jeopardy’s sister show Wheel of Fortune fell 6% to a second-place 6.2, while Family Feud faded 9% to a 5.9.
Judge Judy, which was just nominated for an Emmy as the Outstanding Courtroom Program, went into reruns for a few days and eased 8% to a 6.9. That was still 6% ahead of last year and good enough to soundly beat all syndicated shows for the 36th week in a row.
Turning to the closely watched talkers, Dr. Phil was well in front for the 132nd week despite airing repeats for most of the frame and giving back 10% to a 2.8.
Live with Kelly and Ryan made it three weeks in a row as the second-highest talker even with a 4% dip to a 2.3.
Further back, Ellen DeGeneres recovered 6% to a 1.9.
Maury was unchanged at a 1.4, tying Wendy Williams, which slipped 7% to a 1.4 in the host’s second week back after a two-month absence.
Steve Harvey, nominated for the Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host Emmy, saw his show Steve next in line with a 1.2, easing 8% while airing encore episodes for part of the week.
Entertainment Tonight and corporate sibling Inside Edition tied for the magazine lead at a 3.1, with ET backing off 3% and Edition softening 6%.
Meanwhile, Dateline was a bright spot, improving 8% to a 1.4 and topping the true crime genre for the 27th consecutive week.
The week’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:
- Dr. Phil (1.1, -21% from the week before)
- Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.0, -9%)
- Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, unchanged), tied with Wendy Williams (0.8, unchanged)
- Maury (0.7, -13%)
- Steve Wilkos (0.6, unchanged)
- Steve (0.5, 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) 2.8 -10%
Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.3 -4%
Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.9 +6%
Maury (NBCU) 1.4 NC
Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.4 -7%
Steve (NBCU) 1.2 -8%
7. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.1 NC
Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.1 -8%
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 NC
Caught in Providence (20th Television) 0.6 -14%
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.9 -8%
Hot Bench(CTD) 2.2 -12%
People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 +7%
Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC
Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 NC
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.3 -9%
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -6%
Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 -9%
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 -17%
Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC
OFF-NET TRUE CRIME
Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.4 +8%
Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.1 +10%
True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC
SCRIPTED OFF-NET POLICE PROCEDURAL
Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.1 NC
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1 -3%
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1 -6%
TMZ (WBDTD) 1.3 NC
Access (NBCU) 1.3 -7%
Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 -8%
Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.0 -17%
Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.7 +17%
Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 -33%
Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.5 -4%
Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.4 +4%
3. Modern Family (20th Television) 1.9 -5%
Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.4 -7%
The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.4 -7%
Family Guy (20th Television) 1.4 NC
Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.1 -8%
Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.1 NC
Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC
Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC
OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS
Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.2 +3%
NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.4 -18%
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.4 -7%
Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC
Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.2 -14%
Rizzoli & Isles (WBDTD) 1.0 +11%