Holzhauer Reprieve Puts ‘Judy’ Back On Top

In the week ending May 12, Judge Judy, which had been syndication’s No. 1 show overall for a modern record 40 straight weeks until Jeopardy began airing James Holzhauer-fueled episodes, clocked a 7.0 with more than 9.7 million daily viewers, easily outperforming Jeopardy, Feud and everything else.

Judge Judy regained first place in syndication in the session ending May 12 as ratings for Jeopardy without superstar contestant James Holzhauer declined 27% from its prior week’s 14-year high 8.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen to a 6.1. That dropped Jeopardy into a second-place tie with Family Feud.

Judy, which had been syndication’s No. 1 show overall for a modern record 40 straight weeks until Jeopardy began airing Holzhauer-fueled episode, clocked a 7.0 with more than 9.7 million daily viewers, easily outperforming  Jeopardy, Feud and everything else.

Holzhauer, who has won the second-most games in Jeopardy history, was off the show May 6 until May 17 due to a two-week tournament and did not reappear until May 20 when he waltzed to win game number 23.

Holzhauer’s absence also slowed down Jeopardy’s sister show Wheel of Fortune, which declined 8% to a 5.9.

Moving up was Hot Bench, which climbed 5% to a four-week-high 2.3 and ranked as the third highest strip in daytime behind only Judy and Dr. Phil.

Phil gave back 7% to a 2.7. but had no trouble topping the talkers for an Oprah-like 140 weeks in a row.


Live with Kelly and Ryan forged ahead 5% to a 2.2 and snared second place for the 11th week in a row over Ellen DeGeneres, which was unchanged at a 2.0.

Others making it into the top six of the 14-program chatfest category were: Wendy Williams, which rose 7% to a 1.5, Maury and Steve Harvey’s Steve, which held their ground at 1.3 and 1.2, respectively.

Among magazines, only Extra was in positive territory, racing ahead 10% to a five-week high 1.1. Entertainment Tonight led the genre for a second consecutive week with a steady 2.8.

Another show worthy of note was newcomer Chicago P.D., which shot up 11% to a 1.0 and surged 25% among women 25-54.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.1, -8% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.9, unchanged)
  • Wendy Williams (0.8, +14%), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, unchanged) and Maury (0.8, unchanged)
  • 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) 2.7 -7%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.2 +5%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.0 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.5 +7%

Maury (NBCU) 1.3 NC

Steve (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.0 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) 0.7 NC

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.5 -17%


Judge Judy (CTD) 7.0 -3%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.3 +5%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.4 -7%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 NC


Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 NC

Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 -27%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -8%

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.2 -14%

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.0 -9%

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC


Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.0 +11%


Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8 NC

Inside Edition (CTD) 2.7 NC


Access (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 +10%

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.9 -10%

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.6 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.3 NC

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.0 NC

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.8 +6%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.4 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.2 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.1 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.1 -3%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.5 NC

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.4 +8%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.3 +30%

American Ninja Warrior (NBCU)

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Madam Secretary (CTD) 0.9 NC

Rizzoli & Isles (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Major Crimes (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

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