‘Dr. Phil’ Is Sole Talker To Move Up

With a 4% increase to a 2.8 in the week ending May 19, it extends its winning streak in the category to a record 141 weeks in the post-Oprah era.

Without star contestant James Holzhauer, Jeopardy had no answer for Judge Judy, which breezed to its second-straight finish at the top of the syndication chart in the session ending May 19.

In the third full week of the May sweep, full-season household leader Judy, which has been No. 1 for 42 of the last 45 weeks, clocked a hefty7.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen with well over 9.8 million daily viewers compared to a 6.2 rating for the Alex Trebek-hosted game show.

Holzhauer, a ratings magnet, who by May 28 had won 29 consecutive games and nearly $2.3 million, was off the show from May 6 until May 17 due to a two-week tournament and did not reappear until May 20.

Among the closely watched 14 talkers, Dr. Phil was the only program moving up, growing 4% to a 2.8 and extending its winning streak in the category to a record 141 weeks in the post-Oprah era.

Live with Kelly and Ryan solidified its standing as syndication’s next highest talk show after Phil, snaring second place for the12th week in a row, despite easing 5% to a 2.1.

Ellen DeGeneres, which was recently renewed through the 2021-22 season, stayed at a third place 2.0.


Others in talk’s top 6 were Wendy Williams, Maury and Steve Harvey’s Steve, at 1.4, 1.3 and 1.2, respectively.

Elsewhere, several of the big entertainment magazines turned in solid performances highlighted by tributes to the late Doris Day and Tim Conway.

Entertainment Tonight was tops among magazines for a third straight week with a 4% gain to a 2.9.

Access held its ground at a 1.2, matching a five-week high, tying TMZ, while the recently renewed Daily Mail TV jumped 11% to a 1.0, tying Extra.

The top-rated true crime show for a 36th consecutive week was Dateline, which shot up 8% to a 1.3.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.2, +9% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.9, unchanged)
  • Maury (0.8, unchanged), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, unchanged)
  • Wendy Williams (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 +4%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.1 -5%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.0 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.4 -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) 0.5 -17%

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 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 7.1 +1%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.3 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.8 +14%


Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 +2%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%

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) 1.2 -8%


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.3 +8%

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 0.9 -10%

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC


Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.9 -10%


Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9 +4%

Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8 +4%

TMZ (WBDTD) 1.2 -8%

Access (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Extra (WBDTD) 1.0 -9%

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.0 +11%

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.6 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.2 -2%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 1.9** -5%

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.7 -6%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.4 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.3 +8%

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) 3.3 +6%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.4 -7%

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.3 -7%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Madam Secretary (CTD) 0.9 NC

Major Crimes (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

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