The medical talker breaks into the top 15 list of first-run strips for the week ending Feb. 1. Other strong newcomers include Deal and Bonnie Hunt. Among veteran syndies, Wheel, Jeopardy, Springer, Access Hollywood all set new season highs.
The top rookies were red hot in the week ending Feb. 1, with The Doctors, Deal or No Deal and Bonnie Hunt all scoring significant increases.
Taking the lead among newcomers was CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors, which jumped 11% to a new series high 2.1 and broke into the top-15 strips in first-run list.
Ratings are now up 62% for the medically themed talker since its premiere and after just four months on the air the show moved into fifth place on the talk list behind only CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah, Dr. Phil, Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres. The Doctors’ biggest draw of the week was a Jan. 28 episode on frustrating body issues such as perspiration and blemishes, which took ratings up 21% to a 2.3.
Right behind The Doctors was NBCU’s Deal or No Deal, which climbed 5% to a 2.0, matching its series high. Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt moved into third place with a 22% leap to a new series high 1.1. Sony’s Judge Karen was flat at a 1.0; Debmar-Mercury’s Trivial Pursuit: America Plays fell 14% to a 0.6; and Program Partners’ Family Court with Judge Penny remained stuck at a 0.5.
Among the established gabbers, only three were up from the week before. Dr. Phil grew 9% to a 3.6, its second-best week of the season, as a show on recent trends among teenagers sent ratings up 18% to a 3.9 on Jan 27.
NBCU’s Jerry Springer sprang up 8% to a new season high 1.3, and Twentieth’s The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet gained 11% to a 1.0, matching its season high as an appearance by Brody Jenner of MTV’s Bromance took ratings up 33% to a 1.2 on Jan. 28.
Top talker Oprah and third-place Live were flat at a 5.2 and a 2.8, respectively; Ellen slipped 4% to a 2.4; NBCU’s Maury dropped 5% to a 1.9, tying CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray, which held steady; and Warner Bros.’ Tyra Banks and BCU’s Steve Wilkos Show were each down 8% to a 1.1.
Three of the big court shows also generated some ratings steam, with CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy matching its season high 4.7, with a 2% improvement; CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown also tied its season high with a 4% rise to a 2.5; and Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis added 6% to a 1.8.
All the other gavelers were flat, with Warner Bros.’ People’s Court holding third place with a 2.2. In seventh place, Twentieth’s Cristina’s Court at a 1.1 became the third show in the genre to be served with its cancellation notice this season.
Two of CBS Television Distribution’s game shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, were higher, with Wheel turning an 8% gain into a new season high 8.0, and Jeopardy! adding 5% to generate its new season high of 6.6. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire remained at its season low 2.4 and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 1.5.
On the magazine rack, CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight was in front with a steady 4.7; CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition was flat at a 3.2; NBCU’s Access Hollywood took third with a 9% hike to a new season high 2.4; while Warner Bros.’ TMZ, CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider and Warner Bros.’ Extra all held firm at a 2.2, 2.1 and 1.8, respectively.
Off-net sitcoms were led by Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which was up 4% from the week before to a 5.6; Twentieth’s Family Guy was unchanged at a 4.3; Sony’s Seinfeld was up 5% to a new season high 3.9; CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond was up 3% to a new season high 3.6; and Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show was down 6% to a 2.9.
CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY topped the new off-net weekly hours although it was down 8% to a 3.5; NBCU’s House slid 14% to a 2.4; Twentieth’s Boston Legal lost 11% to a 1.7; and NBCU’s Monk dropped 16% to a 1.6.
First-run action hour Disney-ABC’s Legend of the Seeker sank 16% to a 1.6; the off-cable Litton’s Storm Stories fell 8% to a 1.2; but the off-TBS strip Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne was up 4% to a 2.4.