Viewers fell by nearly five million from the prior three weeks.
Syndies remained down during the week ending April 16, as TV viewers celebrated Easter and Passover, as well as longer days and warmer weather.
Levels of people using television (PUT) were down by more than 900,000 viewers on average, and down by nearly five million viewers from the three prior weeks.
Only three of the 11 talk shows moved higher during the week: King World’s Oprah, Buena Vista’s Live with Regis and Kelly and NBC Universal’s Maury. According to Nielsen’s live plus same day ratings, Oprah was up 7% from the prior week to a 6.4, Live with Regis and Kelly was up 3% to a 3.3 and Maury, hit on Monday with a $100 million sexual harassment suit by a producer, was up 4% to a 2.6.
As for the rest of the genre, King World’s No. 2 talker, Dr. Phil, was down 6% to a 4.5. Warner Bros.’ Ellen, the only talk show to show an increase last week, came back down to earth, losing 8% to hit a 2.2. CBS Paramount’s Montel Williams was down 5% to a 1.8, while NBCU’s Jerry Springer also was at a 1.8, unchanged for the week.
Among the rookie talkers, NBCU’s Martha was unchanged at a 1.6, while Warner Bros.’ Tyra Banks was down 6% to a 1.5. Tyra remains the demo leader among all rookie strips, including Twentieth’s Judge Alex.
Speaking of court shows, most of them continued the recent downtrend, ending up at or near their season lows. CBS Paramount’s Judge Judy, which hit her 500th week at the top of the court genre, was down 2% to a 4.5. Warner Bros.’ People’s Court was the one bright spot in talk, moving into a tie for second place with CBS Paramount’s Judge Joe Brown for the first time this season. People’s Court hit a 2.8, unchanged for the week, while Judge Joe Brown dropped 7% to its 2.8.
Twentieth’s Divorce Court in fourth place was down 4% to a 2.4, and Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis was flat at a 2.3. The rookie, Judge Alex, was down 9% to a 2.0. None of the court shows were higher week to week.
Elsewhere, most of the top game shows and magazines were down. And all of the top-three off-net sitcoms hit new season lows, with King World’s Everybody Loves Raymond falling 7% to a 5.4. Sony’s Seinfeld dropped 2% to a 4.9, and Warner Bros.’ Friends lost 9% to a 4.1.
Despite a 6% dip to a 4.6, CBS Paramount’s Enteratinment Tonight was the No. 1 magazine for the 510th consecutive week, closing in on 10 consecutive years as the top magazine.
Per usual, King World’s Wheel of Fortune topped the games, although it was down 4% to an 8.1. As a side note, Wheel’s Vanna White last week was the most recent syndication personality to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, following Judge Judy Sheindlin, who received hers in February.