‘Judge Judy’ For The Week And Season
Not even the coronavirus could stop Judge Judy. As syndicated shows put the wraps on Nielsen’s pandemic-plagued 2019-20 season, Judy has brought her gavel down on the year’s household rating championship.
The show’s triumph came despite its airing in relatively lightly viewed daytime periods and being hit with months of massive coronavirus coverage preemptions. It gave the wildly popular jurist first place in first-run syndication for a remarkable 11th year in a row with a 6.2 full-season rating as of the week ending Aug. 23, the latest for which national ratings are available. That was nearly triple the full-season rating of any other strip in the daypart.
The season’s next highest rated programs — Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, in that order — were all shows airing in highly rated prime access time periods.
For the most recent week, which ended Aug. 3, there were only two top-tier shows moving up, Judge Judy, which grew 6% to a syndication-best 5.5, and Dr. Phil, which also added 6% to a 1.9.
Phil has been at the top of the talk show rankings every year since 2011, including a tie in 2015-16. As usual, Phil finished first in talk for the entire 2019-20 season in households with a 2.2 average, down 5% from the pre-COVID-19 level of last year at this time.
Live with Kelly and Ryan registered a 1.5 for the current week with mostly repackaged episodes, down 17% year to year.
Maury was off 23% annually to a 1.0.
Next in line was the embattled Ellen DeGeneres, which declined 36% from last year to a 0.9, matching its all-time low for a second straight week.
As to the other talk shows that were on the air last year at this time:
- Steve Wilkos, with a 0.9 for the week ending Aug. 23, fell 10% from the same week last year.
- Rachael Ray, at a 0.8, receded 20%.
- Wendy Williams, at a 0.7, was not on last year at this time due to a test run.
- Oz’s 0.6 was down 33%.
- The Doctors, at a 0.4, was in stable condition.
- Jerry Springer scored a 0.3, slipping 25%.
- The Real realized an all-time low 0.3, plummeting 40%.
The week’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:
- Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.7, unchanged from the week before)
- Dr. Phil (0.6, -14%)
- Maury (0.5, unchanged)
- Kelly Clarkson (0.4, +33%), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.4, +33%) and Steve Wilkos (0.4, 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.
Dr. Phil (CTD) 1.9 +6%
Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
Maury (NBCU) 1.0 NC
Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 0.9 NC
Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.9 NC
Rachael Ray (CTD) 0.8 NC
The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.8 NC
Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.7 NC
Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.6 NC
Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.6** -14%
The Doctors (CTD) 0.4 NC
The Real (WBDTD) 0.3** -25%
Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 NC
Mel Robbins (Sony) 0.3 NC
Judge Judy (CTD) 5.5 +6%
Hot Bench(CTD) 1.9 NC
People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.3 NC
Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.8 NC
Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.7 NC
Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.6 +20%
Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.4 NC
Personal Injury Court (MGM) 0.4 NC
Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.2 NC
Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 -2%
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.4** -6%
Jeopardy (CTD) 3.9** -11%
25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 NC
Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.1 NC
Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.8 +14%
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.3 -4%
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.1 -9%
Access Hollywood (NBCU) 0.9** -10%
TMZ (WBDTD) 0.8 NC
Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.8 NC
Extra (WBDTD) 0.7 NC
Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.1 NC
Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.5 NC
Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.0 +5%
Modern Family (20th Television) 1.1 NC
Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.1 NC
The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.0 NC
Family Guy (20th Television) 0.9 NC
Seinfeld (Sony) 0.9 NC
Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.8 NC
Mom (WBDTD) 0.8 NC
Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.7 -13%
Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.7 NC
OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS
Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.2 -11%
Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.4 NC
NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.0 -9%
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 0.9 -10%
Castle (Disney-ABC) 0.9 -10%
Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.8 -20%