‘Dr. Phil’ Advances, Leads Talkers

In the week ending July 5, the yak pack king climbed 6% to a 1.9 with five days of repeats, topping the chat fests for the third straight week and the 187th time in the last 200 weeks.

Building on a developing trend, daytime viewers continued to flock to the two biggest court shows during the frame leading into the July 4 weekend, the session ending July 5. For the fourth week in a row, court favorites Judge Judy and Judy’s progeny Hot Bench ran 1,2 as the highest and second-highest rated strips in all of daytime, despite both shows being almost entirely in reruns.

Judy aired repeats all week, but still scored nearly triple the rating of anything else in daytime with a surprisingly high and rock solid 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. And Hot Bench beat everything else in the daypart, barreling ahead 5% to a 2.0 and matching a six-week high.

Further back among the gavelers were:

  • Peoples Court at an unchanged 1.3.
  • Judge Mathis, which moved down 11% to a 0.8.

In talk show action, Dr. Phil was the only program in the plus column, climbing 6% to a 1.9 with five days of repeats and leading the yak pack for the third straight week and the 187th time in the last 200 weeks.

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Live with Kelly and Ryan was still on hiatus, airing mostly repacked shows, but captured second place after giving back 6% to a new season low 1.6.

Ellen DeGeneres declined 8% to a new series low 1.1, tying Maury, which was flat.


In access time periods, game show topper Family Feud inched up 2% to a 5.9; Jeopardy dipped 2% to a 5.0; while Wheel of Fortune slowed down 2% to a 4.9.

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

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.7, -13% from the week before), tied with Dr. Phil (0.7, +17%)
  • Maury (0.6, unchanged)
  • 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 means not applicable.


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Dr. Phil (CTD) 1.9 +6%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 1.6** -6%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.1** -8%

Maury (NBCU) 1.1 NC

5. Rachael Ray (CTD) 0.9 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.8 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.6 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.4 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.4 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 NC


25 Words or Less (CTD) 1.0 NC

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.9 -10%

America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.7 -13%

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.7 -13%

Personal Injury Court (MGM) 0.4 NC

Mel Robbins (Sony) 0.3 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 5.6 NC

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.0 +5%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.8 -11%

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.6 NC

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.4 NC


Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 +2%

Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0 -2%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 -2%

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Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6 +20%


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.7 NC


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.4 NC

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.3 -4%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.0** -9%


Extra (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.8 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.1 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.8 -3%

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

3. Modern Family (20th Television) 1.4 +8%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.2 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.0 -9%

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.0 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.9 +13%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.8 -11%

Mom (WBDTD) 0.8 -11%


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.3 -6%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.3 -7%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.1 -8%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.0 NC

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.0 -9%

American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 1.0 -9%

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