Most of the gabfests post single- or double-digit ratings increases in the week ending Jan. 18. Oprah was an exception, slipping 15%. Among those in other genres with strong performances were Deal or No Deal, which set a series high, and TMZ.
Talk shows were hot in the week ending Jan. 18, with five yakkers scoring double-digit increases from the week before, despite some shows seeing preemptions in some markets for coverage of the phenomenal plane crash landing in New York’s Hudson River on Jan. 15.
CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil jumped 13% to a 3.5 after getting a 19% spike to a 3.7 for an episode featuring Dr. Travis Stork of The Doctors on Jan. 12.
NBCU’s Maury gained 12% to a 1.9; Warner Bros.’ Tyra Banks grew 10% to a 1.1 as a rebroadcast of a show on the controversial subject of skin bleaching for African Americans sent ratings up 20% to a 1.2 on Jan. 19; Twentieth’s The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet climbed 11% to a 1.0, matching its season high; an appearance by American Idol music director Rickey Minor discussing the new season of Idol pushed Morning‘s ratings up 22% to a 1.1 on Jan . 12; and NBCU’s Martha surged 14% to a 0.8.
On the other hand, CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah plunged 15% to a 4.7. And all the other chatfests either held steady or registered single-digit improvement. Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly inched ahead 3% to a 3.0; Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray and NBCU’s Steve Wilkos Show were unchanged at a 2.3, 1.8 and 1.1, respectively; and Springer advanced 9% to a 1.2.
On the closely watched rookie front, NBCU’s Deal or No Deal regained sole possession of first place among newcomers with a 5% gain to a new series high 2.0. CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors held firm at its season high 1.9; Sony’s Judge Karen and Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt were both flat at a 1.0; and Debmar-Mercury’s Trivial Pursuit: America Plays sank 14% to a 0.6, tying Program Partners’ Family Court with Judge Penny, which was unchanged at a 0.6.
Most court shows were little changed, with leader CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy dipping 2% to a 4.5, but still holding a commanding lead over second-place CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown, which was steady at a 2.4; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court had a flat 2.2; and Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis and Twentieth’s Judge Alex were each up 6% to a 1.8 and 1.7, respectively.
In access, magazine leader CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight, which had rocketed up 53% in the past two weeks, dipped 2% to a 4.8; CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition lost 3% to a 3.3; NBCU’s Access Hollywood was unchanged at a 2.3; Warner Bros.’ TMZ, which airs mostly on major-market Fox stations, may have gotten a boost from the two-part American Idol season premiere, spiking 21% to a new season high 2.3 and tying Access; CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider held steady at its season high 2.0; and Warner Bros.’ Extra rose 6% to a new season high 1.9.
Games were mostly lower with CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune and its Jeopardy! each slipping 3% to a 7.7 and 6.3, respectively; Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire fell 4% to a 2.6; but Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was up 7% to a 1.5.
Off-net sitcoms were led by Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which gained 8% to new season high 5.6; Twentieth’s Family Guy added 5% to a 4.3; CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond rose 6% to a 3.4; while Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show dropped 9% to a 3.0.
CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY topped the new off-net weeklies, climbing 8% to 3.9; NBCU’s House jumped 13% to a 2.7; NBCU’s Monk advanced 6% to a 1.9, tying Twentieth’s Boston Legal, which grew 12% to a 1.9; and Disney-ABC’s Desperate Housewives surged 14% to a 1.6.
The off-cable Litton’s Storm Stories was up 6% to new season high 1.8, although the off-TBS strip Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne was down 8% to a 2.4.