Pandemic Viewing Pushes Syndie Viewing

There were lots of double-digit ratings increases for first-run syndicated shows across multiple genres in the week ending March 22.

Breaking news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic ignited the big entertainment magazines for a second straight week in the session ending March 22.

Among the top performers, Extra, which skyrocketed 22% in the prior frame, again put pedal to the metal and surged an additional 9% for a two-week increase of 33% and a new season high 1.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, the strip’s biggest rating since 2018.

The No. 1 magazine overall for the 10th time in 11 weeks was Entertainment Tonight, which grew 10% to a new season high 3.3.

The biggest percentage gainers were TMZ, which spurted 17% to new season best 1.4, and Daily Mail TV, which delivered a 13 improvement to a 13-week high 0.9.

In daytime, Dr. Phil was the talk show leader for the 181st time in the past 185 weeks, forging ahead to a 2.4.

Live with Kelly and Ryan snared second place with a 10% leap to a 2.2, tying its season high.


Next in line among the top-tier talkers were:

  • Ellen DeGeneres, unchanged at a 1.8.
  • Rookie ratings champ Kelly Clarkson, which belted out an 8% increase to an eight-week high 1.4 despite airing a heavy dose of repeats and numerous preemptions for virus updates.
  • Veteran Oz at a 1.2.
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Court shows were also hot with the Judge Judy juggernaut jumping 12% to a three-week high 6.6 and crushing the category for the 1,226th week in a row.

Hot Bench was the second-highest gaveler with a 16% spike to a 2.2, matching its season high.

Meanwhile, the top performing newcomer among the legal shows, Judge Jerry, climbed 13% to a 0.9 in households and rose 33% in the key women 25-54 demo 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 (1.1, +38% from the week before)
  • Dr. Phil (1.0, +25%)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.9, +13%)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.6, unchanged), tied with Maury (0.6, unchanged)
  • Tamron Hall (0.5, +25%), tied with Wendy Williams (0.5, -17%), Steve Wilkos (0.5, +25%) and Dr. Oz (0.5, +25%)

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) 2.4 +14%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.2 +10%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.8 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.2* +33%

Maury (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.1 -8%

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.1 +10%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.0 +11%

The Real (WBDTD) 0.5 -17%

The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 -25%


The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 1.4 +8%

25 Words or Less (CTD) 1.1 +10%

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.9 +13%

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.9 -10%

America Says (Sony) 0.8 +14%

Mel Robbins (Sony) 0.5 NC

Personal Injury Court (MGM) 0.5 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 6.6 +12%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.2 +16%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 +17%

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.4 NC


Jeopardy (CTD) 7.3* +12%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.2* +16%

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Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6* +10%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.0 +25%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.9 NC


Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.3* +10%

Inside Edition (CTD) 3.2* +10%

TMZ (WBDTD) 1.4* +17%

Extra (WBDTD) 1.2* +9%

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.9 +13%

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC

Access Hollywood (NBCU) NA


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 3.5* +13%

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

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.6 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.2 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.1 -8%

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.1* +10%

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.0 +11%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.0 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 1.0 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 4.1* +5%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.7 +13%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.6 NC

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.4* +17%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.0 +11%

Madam Secretary (CTD) 1.0 NC

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