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In a slow summer week, Family Feud is the only first-run genre leader to post a weekly gain in the session ending July 21.

Dr. Phil reached a milestone — 150 consecutive weeks as the No 1 talk show — and star Dr. Phil McGraw did it the hard way, airing nothing but reruns for the past eight weeks. Still, the hugely popular talker has averaged a most current 4 million daily viewers so far this season.

In the session ending July 21, Phil led the 14-program field with a genre-dominating 2.2 live-plus-same-day rating, according to Nielsen, which held steady with the prior frame.

Live with Kelly and Ryan stood its ground at a 1.9 and was the second-highest talker for the 21st week in a row.

Further back, repeats of Ellen DeGeneres dwindled 7% to a 1.4; Maury managed a 1.2 for the seventh straight week; and Wendy Williams, with four originals and one repeat, was unchanged at a 1.2, tying Maury.

On the tryout front, week 2 of a scheduled six-week trial that began July 15 for comedic game show Punch Line posted a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, down 50% from its lead-ins and off 40% from its July 2018 time periods.

On the positive side, back in the national numbers, Judge Judy held its own at a chart-topping 6.3 for the second week in a row and led all of syndication in the household ratings, attracting more than 8.6 million daily viewers despite being partially in reruns.


Elsewhere, game shows were mixed. Category champ for the sixth consecutive week Family Feud forged ahead 2% to a 6.0, while Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both weakened 2% to a 5.5 and a 5.1, respectively.

Magazines were mostly stable week to week, however year-to-year Access showed the most improvement, climbing 10% to a 1.1 and tying TMZ. Inside Edition led the group with an unchanged 2.6.

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

  • Dr. Phil (0.9, +13% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.8, unchanged)
  • Maury (0.7, unchanged)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.6, unchanged), tied with Steve Wilkos (0.6, +20%) and Wendy Williams (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) 2.2 NC

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 1.9 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.4 -7%

Maury (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.2 NC

Steve (NBCU) 1.0 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.0 +11%

8. Rachael Ray (CTD) 0.9 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.9 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.5 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 +33%

Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.3 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 6.3 NC

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.0 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.6 NC

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.5 NC


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

Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -2%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.1 -2%

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.3 NC

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.1 NC

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC


Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.8 -11%


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.6 NC

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.4 -4%


Access (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Extra (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.9 NC

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.5 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.0 +3%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.1 NC

3. Modern Family (20th Television) 1.7 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.3 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.3 +8%

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.0 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.0 -6%

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.3 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.3 -7%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.2 +9%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.2** -14%

Rizzoli & Isles (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Major Crimes (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

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