The genre posts good numbers for the week ending May 3 –the first of the sweeps — with gainers including Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood and Extra.
Magazines continued to turn in the best performances in the week ending May 3, which included the first full week of the May sweep.
Top mag CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight rose for third straight week, climbing 5% to a 4.3, while its weekend version skyrocketed 29% to a new season high 2.7 with a show featuring extensive coverage of the life and death of Bea Arthur.
In fact, Entertainment Tonight Weekend was the only show in syndication to hit a new season high. A report on Arthur also sent ratings for the Monday-through-Friday ET up 20% to a 4.9 on April 27. CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition held onto second place with a 7% rise to a 3.2, making it the only newsmagazine to gain versus the same week last year, growing 3%; NBCU’s Access Hollywood added 5% to a 2.1 and tied Warner Bros.’ TMZ (which was flat) for third place; CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider, which was syndie’s biggest gainer last week, gave back 5% to a 1.8, while Warner Bros.’ Extra gained 6% to a 1.7.
Only three of the 14 talk shows improved from the week before. Leader CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah jumped 15% to a 5.4; Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres got a 24% ratings surge to a 2.6 for its 1,000th episode on May 1 and advanced 10% to a 2.3 for the week.
NBCU’s Steve Wilkos Show was up 10% to a 1.1. Ellen and Wilkos also outperformed their year-ago deliveries by 10%, while Oprah was up 6% from last year.
The remainder of the chat pack was even with their prior-week scores, including CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil at a 3.2; Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly at a 2.6; and CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray and NBCU’s Maury both at 1.7s.
Court shows moving up included CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown, which grew 5% to a 2.2 and has now been the second-highest-rated gaveler for 539 consecutive weeks or every week for more than10 years. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis and Twentieth’s Judge Alex added 7% to get 1.5s.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy continued to lead the legal field by a wide margin, holding steady at a 4.2. Warner Bros.’ People’s Court and Twentieth’s Divorce Court were unchanged 1.8 and 1.3, respectively, while Twentieth’s Cristina’s Court dropped 10% to new season low 0.9.
CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors was the top-rated new first-run show for 15th week in a row, holding firm at a 2.0; NBCU’s Deal or No Deal, which recently was renewed for year two, dipped 6% to a 1.5; Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt was third with an unchanged 0.9; followed by Sony’s Judge Karen, which grew 14% to a 0.8; Debmar-Mercury’s Trivial Pursuit: America Plays was flat at a 0.6; and Program Partners’ Family Court with Judge Penny sank 20% to a 0.4.
CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune ruled the games, inching up 2% to a 6.6. CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy! and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire were flat at 5.6 and 2.4, respectively, while Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 7% to a 1.4.
Off-net sitcoms were soft, with Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men slipping 2% to a 4.6; Twentieth’s Family Guy faded 5% to a 3.7; and Sony’s Seinfeld and CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond were unchanged at 3.3 and 3.0, respectively.
New off-net weekly hours were mixed as CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY was up 6% to a 3.5, while NBCU’s House lost 5% to a 2.0; and NBCU’s Monk eased 6% to a 1.6. Twentieth’s Boston Legal rebounded 14% to a 1.6, tying Monk.
Disney-ABC’s Desperate Housewives improved 8% to a 1.3; and Disney-ABC’s Lost found a 13% increase to a 0.9.
First-run action hour Disney-ABC’s Legend of the Seeker remained at its season low 1.4 for a second week, but the off-cable Litton’s Storm Stories whipped up a 17% gain to a 1.4. And Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne enjoyed a 5% bump to a 2.2.