Many shows finish the week ended March 8 either holding steady or up. Among the gainers from the week before are The Doctors, most of the talk shows, Judge Judy, many game shows and TMZ.
National syndication ratings for the week ended March 8 included the first two weekdays of this year’s unusual March sweeps period and most show were steady to slightly higher despite slightly lower PUT levels.
Among the season’s closely watched rookie crop, CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors scored its highest weekly ratings since January with a 5% jump in households to a 2.0 and a 13% spike among women 18-34. That made it seven straight weeks as the top freshman, including ties.
A March 2 on-camera visit from Dr. Phil McGraw, who is one of the executive producers of The Doctors, shot ratings up 32% to a show record high 2.5.
NBCU’s Deal or No Deal was a strong second, growing 6% to a 1.8; and further back in the pack Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt, Sony’s Judge Karen, Debmar-Mercury’s Trivial Pursuit: America Plays and Program Partners’ Family Court with Judge Penny were all flat at 1.0, 0.9, 0.6 and 0.5, respectively.
The established talkers were led by CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah, although it was down by 4% from the week before to a 5.4. CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil, which was hot the week before, came down to earth, giving back 12% to a 3.6.
Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly rebounded from its worst week of the season with a 17% gain to a 2.8; Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres was up 9% to a 2.4, after a 14% ratings jump on March 5 for an exclusive daytime appearance from Melissa from The Bachelor; CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray held firm at a 1.8; NBCU’s Maury added 6% to a 1.7; Warner Bros.’ Tyra Banks climbed 10% to a 1.1 in households and 17 among women18-49; NBCU’s Jerry Springer was flat at a 1.1; and NBCU’s Steve Wilkos Show up 10% to a 1.1.
Twentieth’s The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet was unchanged at a 0.9; but NBCU’s Martha grew 14% to 0.8 with a cooking demonstration by chef Bill Taibe heating ratings up 29% to a 0.9 on March 2.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy continued to dominate the courtrooms, improving 2% to 4.6 and more than doubling the rating of its nearest judicial rival. CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown held steady at a 2.2; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court, coming off a season low, gained 11% to a 2.0; Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis and Twentieth’s Judge Alex were flat at 1.6 and 1.5, respectively; while Twentieth’s Divorce Court grew 8% from the week to a 1.4, with 15% increases on both March 2 and 3 to a 1.5.
Among game shows, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire appeared to finally see a benefit from Slumdog Millionaire, which was named Best Picture at the Oscars the week before. Millionaire, which had been at its season-low mark for three straight weeks, increased 13% to a 2.7.
Leader CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune inched up 3% to a 7.7; CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy! tacked on 5% to a 6.5; and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud rose 7% to a 1.5.
CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight topped the magazine rack with a 4.5, down 2% from the week before, although its weekend version, Entertainment Tonight Weekend, jumped 14% to a 2.4 with a show that led with the Chris Brown and Rihanna assault case.
CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition was flat at a 3.1; Warner Bros.’ TMZ was up 5% to a 2.3; and NBCU’s Access Hollywood, CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider and Warner Bros.’ Extra were all unchanged at 2.1, 2.0 and 1.7, respectively.
Off-net sitcoms were little changed. Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, Twentieth’s Family Guy and Sony’s Seinfeld were all flat at 5.1, 4.1 and 3.8, respectively. CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond was down 6% to a 3.1 while Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show was unchanged at a 2.9.
On the other hand, new off-net weekly hours were all over the map. CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY was steady at a 3.6; NBCU’s House gained 4% to a 2.6; Twentieth’s Boston Legal leaped 13% to a 1.8; NBCU’s Monk skidded 11% to a 1.6; Disney-ABC’s Desperate Housewives tumbled 15% to a new season low 1.1; and Disney-ABC’s Lost was down 11% to a 0.8.
The off-cable Litton’s Storm Stories surged 23% to a 1.6 and the off-TBS Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne added 4% to a 2.5.