In the week ending April 19, the last full week before the May sweep, results were all over the lot, with some shows from most all genres posting improved ratings over the previous week.
Ratings for syndicated shows were mixed in the week ending April 19, the last full week before the May sweep. With the distraction of the April 15 income tax filing deadline, viewing levels were down somewhat from week before, although a number of strips managed to gain momentum anyway going into the rating period.
CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors, one of the hottest shows this season topped the rookie field by a significant margin after jumping 11% from the week before to a 2.0. On April 17, ratings jumped 17% for an episode featuring medical questions from viewers. In second place, NBCU’s Deal or No Deal held steady at a 1.6; Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt was flat at a 0.9, followed by Sony’s Judge Karen at an unchanged 0.8.
Three veteran talk shows scored gains. CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah held onto the talk lead, inching up 2% to a 4.7; CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil grew 3% to a 3.1 after a show about a couple with doubts about remarrying each other boosted ratings by 17% to a 3.5 on April 13; and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres surged 11% to a 2.1 as an appearance by Drew Barrymore and a performance by the Pussycat Dolls pulled ratings up 16% on April 17.
The rest of the talkers were flat to down slightly. In the top tier, Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly was unchanged at a 2.7; CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray dipped 6% to a 1.7; and NBCU’s Maury lost 11% to a 1.6.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy continued to preside over all court shows with a 4.1, down 2% from the week before, but still nearly double its nearest rival. CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown held steady at a 2.1; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court gained 6% to a 1.9; and Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis rebounded from a season low in the previous week with a 14% jump to a 1.6.
CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight was an easy winner of the magazine race, improving 3% to a 4.0 with an episode that led with news of the Mel Gibson divorce, which could be the most expensive in Hollywood history, seeing an 18% ratings spike to a 4.6 on April 13.
CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition was the only other magazine to improve, adding 7% to a 3.1. Warner Bros.’ TMZ, NBCU’s Access Hollywood and CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider were all flat at 2.2, 2.0 and 1.7, respectively, while Warner Bros.’ Extra slipped 6% to a 1.5
Game shows were all slightly higher except for Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which was flat at a 1.4. CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune rolled to a 6.9, up 5%; its Jeopardy! answered with a 5.8, up 4%; and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire inflated to a 2.4, up 4%.
Off-net sitcoms were quiet, with leader Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men unchanged at a 4.8; Twentieth’s Family Guy was down 3% to a 3.9; Sony’s Seinfeld and CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond were flat at 3.5 and 2.9, respectively; and Lopez lost 6% to a 2.9, tying Raymond.
New off-net weekly hours were once again topped by CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY, although it was down 3% to a 3.3. NBCU’s House and Monk were unchanged at 2.3 and 1.6, respectively; Twentieth’s Boston Legal sank 12% to a 1.5; and Disney-ABC’s Desperate Housewives slid 13% to a 1.3.
The off-cable Litton’s Storm Stories gained 7% to a 1.5 and the off-TBS strip Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne was flat at a 2.3.