WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

‘Judge Judy’ Wins The Week And Season

The victory in the session ending Aug. 18 marks a full decade at the top of all first-run programs for Judy and six straight years as syndication’s highest rated show overall.

As the 2018-19 syndication season comes to a close, Judge Judy has emerged as the clear No. 1 show, leading the household ratings by a wide margin with a 6.8 live-plus-same-day season-to-date national Nielsen.

This marks a full decade at the top of all first-run programs for Judy and six straight years as syndication’s highest rated show overall.

Coming in second and third as of the session ending Aug. 18 were Jeopardy at a season-to-date 6.2, and Family Feud at a 6.1.

In the closely watched talk show category, Dr. Phil, which has finished first for 154 consecutive weeks, scored a 2.7 season average and was the frontrunner for the eighth year in a row, including a first-place tie in 2015-16.

Live with Kelly and Ryan, which also had a strong year, came closest to Phil with a 2.2 season-to-date, followed by Ellen DeGeneres at a 2.0.

For the current frame that ended Aug. 18, shows were mostly little changed. Judy ruled the ratings for the fifth time in six weeks with a 2% improvement to a one-month high 5.9, even though the strip was in reruns on all five days.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

In tryout news, week six of the six-week test that began July 15 for comedic game show Punchline earned a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, which was off 40% from both its lead-ins and August 2018 time periods.

In another trial, the national numbers for the first week of a three-week test for talker Jerry O’ starring Jerry O’Connell airing on the Fox O&Os in Wendy Williams time periods were included in a blended 0.9 national rating for Wendy, which was in repeats in the session ending Aug. 18. That matched the previous week of Wendy alone.

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

  • Dr. Phil (0.8, +14% from the week before), tied with Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.8, unchanged)
  • Maury (0.7, +17%)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.5, unchanged), tied with Steve Wilkos (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.

TALK SHOWS

Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.0 NC

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

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.4 +8%

Maury (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 +11%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.0 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.9 NC

Steve (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.9 +13%

Face the Truth (CTD) 0.6 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.4 -20%

The Doctors (CTD) 0.4 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 NC

Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.3 NC

COURT SHOWS

Judge Judy (CTD) 5.9 +2%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.0 +5%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 +17%

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.5 NC

GAME SHOWS

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +2%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 NC

Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7 -2%

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

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

INTERNET VIDEO

Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

OFF-NET TRUE CRIME

Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.2 NC

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

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC

SCRIPTED OFF-NET POLICE PROCEDURAL

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.8 NC

MAGAZINE SHOWS

Inside Edition (CTD) 2.5 NC

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.3 NC

TMZ (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Access (NBCU) 1.0 -9%

Extra (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.9 +13%

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.5 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC

OFF-NET SITCOMS

Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 3.7 NC

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.1 NC

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.6 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.4 +17%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.2 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.0 +11%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.0 +11%

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%

OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS

Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 2.9 +4%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.3 NC

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.3 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.1 -8%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.0 -17%

American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Madam Secretary (CTD) 0.9 +13%


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[email protected] says:

August 27, 2019 at 8:11 pm

I’m hoping in the next couple of weeks that Live With Kelly & Ryan beats Dr. Phil in the ratings that would be a good thing. Since I don’t like Dr. Phil.


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