Entertainment Mags Start Year With A Bang

In the week ending Jan. 5, four of the top five syndicated first-run strips scored double-digit improvements with previews of the Golden Globe Awards, the first of Hollywood’s highly anticipated annual award shows.

Ratings for the entertainment magazines sparkled in the week leading up to the Golden Globe Awards. In the session ending Jan. 5, four of the top five strips scored double-digit improvements with previews of the first of Hollywood’s highly anticipated annual award shows.

Entertainment Tonight, which celebrated an entertainment magazine world record 10,000 episodes on Jan. 10, got the party started with a 19% surge from the prior frame to a 2.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, landing in a first-place tie with sister show Inside Edition.

Access Hollywood, which rang up the largest increase of all, featured extensive early looks at the Globes and ratcheted up 27% to a 1.4.

Extra was heavily preempted by News Years specials and bowl games, but nevertheless jumped 13% to a 0.9 with daily coverage of the big event, tying TMZ. And Daily Mail TV saw its ratings spike 14% to a 0.8.

In daytime, Live with Kelly and Ryan finished first among talkers for the third time in six weeks despite dipping 5% to a 2.1 with repeats and repackaged shows all week.

Usual talk leader Dr. Phil, which was in reruns for a second straight week, still rose 6% and took second place with a 1.9. Further back, Ellen DeGeneres remained at a 1.6.


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The daytime leader by far was Judge Judy, clocking a 5.6 and impressively matching the sum of the top three talkers combined. Even though the show was in repeats on four of the five days, Judy forged ahead 4%.

The Kelly Clarkson Show was the No. 1 rookie for the 17th week in a row with a 1.3. Clarkson climbed 8% with four days of previously aired episodes and ranked as the fourth highest talker overall, only three-tenths of a point behind veteran Ellen.

Tamron Hall, another very hot newcomer, skyrocketed 67% in the coveted women 25-54 demo to a new season-high 0.5 despite being in reruns all week.

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

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.0, unchanged from the week before)
  • Dr. Phil (0.7, unchanged), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.7, unchanged)
  • Maury (0.6, -14%)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.5, unchanged), tied with Tamron Hall (0.5 +67%) and 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 means not applicable.


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

Dr. Phil (CTD) 1.9 +6%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.6 NC

Maury (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.0 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.0 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.8 +14%

The Real (WBDTD) 0.5 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 NC


The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 1.3 +8%

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 1.0 NC

25 Words or Less (CTD) 1.0* +11%

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.9 NC

America Says (Sony) 0.7 NC

Personal Injury Court (MGM) 0.5 NC

Mel Robbins (Sony) 0.4 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 5.6 +4%

Hot Bench(CTD) 1.9 +6%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 NC

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.5 +25%


Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 +25%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +4%

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Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +19%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.1 +10%

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.1 NC

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


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.5 +4%

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.5 +19%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.4 +27%

Extra (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%


Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.8 +14%

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.9 +4%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.1 +5%

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.4 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.3 +8%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.2 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.2 +9%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.0 +43%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.9 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 0.9 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.4 -6%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.7* +42%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.6 -11%

American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 1.3* +160%

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.1 NC

Madam Secretary (CTD) 1.1* +22%

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