In the week ending May 17, every strip in the genre grew or held steady from the previous week.
Magazine shows continued to be rock solid in the late spring week ending May 17 as every strip in the genre held steady or grew from the week before.
CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight widened its lead in the category with a 4.2, up 2% from the week before as its report on Farrah Fawcett’s battle with cancer sent ratings up 17% to a 4.8 on May 12.
CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition was flat at a 2.9, but Warner Bros.’ TMZ took third place with a 5% gain to a 2.1; NBCU’s Access Hollywood and CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider held firm at 2.0 and 1.7, respectively, while Warner Bros.’ Extra added 6% to a 1.7.
Talkers moving up in what was the third full week of the sweep were CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah, which scratched out a 2% advance to a 5.3; CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil, which grew 3% to a 3.0; and Warner Bros.’ Tyra Banks, which jumped 10% to a 1.1.
Phil‘s ratings surged 17% to a 3.4, with a May 11 episode on parents dealing with the disappearance of their 17-year-old daughter on a spring break. Tyra got a 20% ratings boost to a 1.2 with a reunion of America’s Next Top Model cycle 12 contestants on May 13.
Third-place Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly lost 4% to a 2.5; Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres slipped 5% to a 2.1; and NBCU’s Maury dropped 6% to a 1.7.
CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors topped the freshman field for the 17th week in a row with a 1.7, despite dipping 6% from the week before. NBCU’s Deal or No Deal was a strong No. 2 with a 1.5, also down 6%. Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt was flat at a 0.9; Sony’s Judge Karen remained stuck at a 0.8; Debmar-Mercury’s Trivial Pursuit: America Plays was up 20% to a 0.6; and Program Partners’ Family Court with Judge Penny trailed with an unchanged 0.4.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy continued to preside over all courtrooms by at least a 2-1 margin, holding steady at a 4.0. CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown was next with an unchanged 2.0, followed by Warner Bros.’ People’s Court with an unchanged 1.8. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis climbed 7% to a 1.5, while Twentieth’s Judge Alex, Twentieth’s Divorce Court and Twentieth’s Cristina’s Court were all flat at 1.4, 1.2 and 0.9, respectively. Sony’s Judge David Young sank 14% to new season low 0.6.
Games were mostly lower, with CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune slipping 2% to a 6 .4, CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy!inching up 2% to a 5.4; Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire tumbling 4% to a new season low 2.2; and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud falling 7% to a 1.3.
Off-net sitcoms were dull, with Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men flat at a 4.6, Twentieth’s Family Guy down 3% to a 3.7; Sony’s Seinfeld unchanged at a 3.3; and CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond down 3% to a 2.9,
The new off-net weekly hours were all over the map. CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY gained 6% to a 3.4; NBCU’s House made a quick recovery from its season low last week, appreciating 29% to a 2.2; NBCU’s Monk and Twentieth’s Boston Legal were unchanged at 1.5 and 1.4, respectively, while Disney-ABC’s Desperate Housewives plunged 15% to a 1.1; and Disney-ABC’s Lost plummeted 22% to a 0.7.
The off-cable Litton’s Storm Stories was flat at a 1.4; first-run action hour Disney-ABC’s Legend of the Seeker matched its season low 1.4 with a 7% decline; and the off-TBS Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne strip lost 10% to a 1.9.