Syndies Take A Hit From Mueller Hearing

The July 24 coverage caused massive preemptions and pulled ratings lower for most daytime shows in the session ending July 28.

Near-blanket coverage of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s congressional hearing on July 24 caused massive preemptions and pulled ratings lower for most daytime shows in the session ending July 28.

In talk, Dr. Phil was in reruns every day and slipped 9% to a new season low 2.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, but that was good enough to extend its streak of first-place finishes in the category to 151 weeks.

Live with Kelly and Ryan managed to avoid any declines and seized second-place honors for a noteworthy 22nd straight week with a steady 1.9.

Further back were repeats of Ellen DeGeneres and Maury, with the former flat at a 1.4 and the latter declining 8% to a new series low 1.1.

Wendy Williams, with four originals and one encore episode, eased 8% to a 1.1, tying Maury.

Elsewhere in daytime, after topping the Nielsen chart for the previous two weeks, the season’s household ratings leader Judge Judy took a 10% breather, landing at a 5.7 since it was in reruns on all five days.


In prime access, shows were much less affected by preemptions. Still, all of the top four games shows lost ground. Family Feud led the games and the entire list, but dropped 3% to a 5.8.

Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both fell 2% to a 5.4 and a 5.0, respectively, while Who Wants to Be a Millionaire depreciated 7% to a 1.4.

Meanwhile, week three of a scheduled six-week trial that began July 15 for comedic game Punchline garnered a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, down 50% from its lead-ins and off 40% from its August 2018 time periods.

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

  • Dr. Phil (0.8, -11% from the week before), tied with Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.8, unchanged)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.6, unchanged), tied with Maury (0.6, -14%) and Wendy Williams (0.6, unchanged)
  • Steve Wilkos (0.5, -17%)

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) 2.0** -9%

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

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

Maury (NBCU) 1.1** -8%

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.1 -8%

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 +11%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.9 -10%

Steve (NBCU) 0.9 -10%

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.9 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.5 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 NC

Face the Truth (CTD) 0.5** -17%

Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.3 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 -25%


Judge Judy (CTD) 5.7 -10%

Hot Bench(CTD) 1.9** -5%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.2 -8%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.8 -11%

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.6 NC

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.5 NC


Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 -3%

Jeopardy (CTD) 5.4 -2%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 -2%

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.1 -8%


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.2 -8%

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

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC


Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.8 NC


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.5 -4%

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.3 -4%

TMZ (WBDTD) 1.2 +9%

Access (NBCU) 1.0 -9%

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) 4.1 +2%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.0 -5%

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.6 -6%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.3 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.2** -8%

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.0 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.9 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 2.7** -10%

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

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.3 NC

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.1** -8%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.0 -17%

American Ninja Warrior (NBCU)

Major Crimes (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%

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