Slim Pickings For Syndies Amid Preemptions

Only six first-run shows post week-to-week ratings gains in the session ending March 1 that was overflowing with breaking news.

Talk titan Dr. Phil had the right medicine in the session ending March 1, uncorking the show’s biggest rating of the season in a week peppered with preemptions for the Weinstein verdict, the Kobe Bryant memorial, the South Carolina Democratic debate, the Milwaukee brewery shootings and President Trump’s coronavirus press conference.

While most strips were flat to down, Phil forged ahead 8% from the week before to a new season high 2.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, convincingly leading the talkers for the 178th times in last 182 weeks.

Live with Kelly and Ryan did well to snare second place, resisting the downdraft and holding steady at a 2.0.

Ellen DeGeneres declined 5% to a 1.9, followed by an unchanged Wendy Williams at a 1.3. Maury moved down 8% to a 1.1, matching its series low, while Rachael Ray retreated 9 to a 1.0, tying Steve Wilkos, which stayed at a 1.0.

Meanwhile, the top two rookies both surged in the key demos and held their ground in households in the face of sharply declining PUT levels and certain news-related preemptions.

Kelly Clarkson, the season’s No. 1 new show, jumped 20% in the coveted women 25-54 age group and hung tough at a 1.3 household rating, to tie veteran Wendy for fourth place among the 14 talkers.


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And Tamron Hall joined the top tier, leaping 25% among women 25-54, while maintaining a 1.0 in households to tie the highly regarded Ray.

At the top of the household ratings chart, the Judge Judy juggernaut continued to roll, growing 2% to a syndication-best 6.6 even though it was in reruns for part of the frame.

Showing rivals no mercy, Judy has been the highest-rated first-run show of any type every year for more than a decade, ranking as the current season’s ratings champ for 25 of the past 31 weeks.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.1, +10% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.8, -11%), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, unchanged)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.6, +20%), tied with Maury (0.6, -14%) and Wendy Williams (0.6, unchanged)
  • Tamron Hall (0.5 +25%), 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 means not applicable.


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Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.8* +8%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.0 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.9 -5%

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.3 NC

Maury (NBCU) 1.1 -8%

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 -9%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.0 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.9 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 -25%


The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 1.3 NC

25 Words or Less (CTD) 1.1 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 1.0 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.9 NC

America Says (Sony) 0.8 +14%

Personal Injury Court (MGM) 0.6 -14%

Mel Robbins (Sony) 0.4 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 6.6 +2%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.1 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 NC

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.4 -20%


Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +2%

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Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3* +2%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.0 NC

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


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8 NC

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8 -3%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.4 NC

TMZ (WBDTD) 1.1 +110%

Extra (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.8 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 3.2 +7%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.2 +5%

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.5 +7%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.2 +9%

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.2 NC

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

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 0.9 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.6 +24%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.5 +7%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.4 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.0 -9%

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Major Crimes (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%

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