‘Family Feud’ No. 1 In Syndication

It grows 4% week to week to a 5.5 to lead the game shows and all of syndication in the session ending Oct. 18. Dr. Phil tops the talkers, while Kelly Clarkson posts a 13% gain, the only member of the chat pack to advance.

Shrugging off a bevy of large-market preemptions that stymied much of daytime, popular sophomore Kelly Clarkson was the only talk show in the plus column for the session ending Oct. 18, surging 13% from the week before to a 0.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Clarkson rose 25% in the key women 25-54 demo despite being one of several strips blown out in some major markets on four days during the frame for coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

Dr. Phil was immune of most of the scheduled disruptions and led the talkers for the 199th time in 215 weeks with a steady 1.9.

Live with Kelly and Ryan ran into numerous preemptions and gave back 16% from its season high to a second-place 1.6.

Ellen DeGeneres remained at a 1.1 in its fourth week of the new season, which was 42% below last year at this time.

Judge Judy continued to score blockbuster numbers, holding its ground at a 5.4 and finishing far in front of all daytime programs. Judy creation Hot Bench hung tough at a 1.6, tying Kelly and Ryan as the third highest rated show in daytime.


In prime access time periods, Family Feud added 4% to a 5.5 to lead the game shows and all of syndication.

Jeopardy recovered 9% to a 5.0, and Wheel of Fortune accelerated 7% to a 4.8.

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Magazines found the going rough due to football and baseball playoff preemptions. Extra was one of the three shows in the top six that refused to decline, holding firm 0.7 and tying TMZ, which was off 13%, for the first time this season.

Inside Edition stayed at a 2.2, Entertainment Tonight dipped 5% to a 2.0 as Access Hollywood held at a 1.0 and grew 25% among women 25-54.

Meanwhile Daily Mail TV declined 14% to a 0.6.

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

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.7, -22% from the week before), tied with Dr. Phil (0.7, unchanged)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.5, +25%), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.5, unchanged) and Maury (0.5, unchanged)
  • Steve Wilkos (0.4, unchanged), tied with Wendy Williams (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 NC

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -16%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Maury (NBCU) 1.0 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.9 NC

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.9 +13%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 0.8 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.7 -13%

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.6 -14%

The Real (WBDTD) 0.4 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.3 NC

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Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.2 NC


Drew Barrymore (CTD) 0.6 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 5.4 NC

Hot Bench(CTD) 1.6 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.7 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 +17%

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0 +9%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8 +7%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 +4%

25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.2 NC

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.0 -5%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.0 NC

TMZ (WBDTD) 0.7 -13%

Extra (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.6 -14%

Dish Nation (Trifecta) 0.3 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.5 -7%

Last Man Standing (Disney-ABC) 1.8 NC

Modern Family (Disney-ABC) 1.1 -8%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.0 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.9 NC

Family Guy (Disney-ABC) 0.8 +14%

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.7 -13%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.7 +17%

Mom (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Schitt’s Creek (CTD) 0.7 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 4.2 +5%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.7 -11%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.4 -22%

NCIS (CTD) 1.1 +22%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.0 +11%

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 0.9 -10%

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Nick says:

October 27, 2020 at 1:02 pm

And the hate against Ellen continues. Why don’t you point out she alllll shows are down from last year. Again, she’s doing fine. And she’s had tons of preemptions but you don’t seem to want to point that out. She’s in the same number three position that she’s always been in. It’s becoming sad to see you post every week that she’s down from last year. What show isn’t. She’s still doing better than the other shows that you’re so desperate to beat her but they can’t.

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