‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Feud’ Share Game Show Honors

The race for game show supremacy ended in a dead heat in the session ending April 19 as the previous week’s winner, Family Feud, fell slightly, while Jeopardy moved up just enough to make it interesting.

Feud backed off 3% from its highest rating in more than two years scored in the previous week to a 7.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, while Jeopardy inched up 1%, tying at a 7.2.

Wheel of Fortune was no threat to the top two, fading 15% to a 5.8 amid heavy preemptions.

In daytime, Live with Kelly and Ryan’s winning streak among talk shows continued for a fourth week despite the show’s easing 4% to a 2.2.

Usual leader Dr. Phil was again hurt by pandemic preemptions and gave back 5% to a second-place 2.0 while Ellen DeGeneres added 6% to a third-place 1.9.

Newcomer Tamron Hall was hot, leaping 10% to a 1.1 to tie its series high and surging 25% in the coveted women 25-54 demo even though the show was mercilessly preempted in some of the largest markets.


Tamron, which has been attracting audience while featuring new content originating from her home, drew a substantial daily crowd of more 1.44 million viewers on average.

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Queen of daytime, Judge Judy, was in reruns on all five days, but nevertheless rose 2% to a 6.4 to destroy everything else in the daypart. Judy also extended its domination of the court shows to 1,230 weeks in a row.

Elsewhere, Extra was the only magazine moving up, growing 10% to a 1.1 to tie TMZ, which declined 8%. In addition, Extra clocked the biggest year-to-year improvement of any magazine, jumping 10%.

Inside Edition led the category with a 3.0, although it was unchanged week to week.

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

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.1, unchanged from the week before)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, unchanged)
  • Dr. Phil (0.7, -13%), tied with Maury (0.7, unchanged)
  • Tamron Hall (0.5, +25%), tied with Kelly Clarkson (0.5, -17%), Steve Wilkos (0.5, -17%), Wendy Williams (0.5, unchanged) and Rachael Ray (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) 2.2 -4%

Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.0 -5%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.9 +6%

Maury (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.2 +9%

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.1 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.1 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.6 +20%

The Doctors (CTD) 0.5 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 NC


25 Words or Less (CTD) 1.2 -8%

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 1.2 -8%

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 1.1 +10%

America Says (Sony) 1.0* +11%

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Personal Injury Court (MGM) 0.6 NC

Mel Robbins (Sony) 0.4 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 6.4 +2%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.1 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 -6%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 -13%

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.5 NC


Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.2 -3%

Jeopardy (CTD) 7.2 +1%

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Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -15%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6 NC


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.1 +10%

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

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.9 -25%


Inside Edition (CTD) 3.0 NC

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9 -3%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.2 NC

TMZ (WBDTD) 1.1 -8%

Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 +10%

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.8 -11%

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 3.4 +3%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.2 -4%

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.4 -7%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.2 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.2 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.1 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.0 -9%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 +11%

Mom (WBDTD) 1.0 +11%


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.9 +18%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.5 +7%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.5 -6%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -14%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.1 NC

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