Coverage of the mysterious circumstances surrounding actor David Carradine’s death boosted ratings in the first week of June for the weekend edition of The Insider by 44% from the week before. Others that saw ratings jumps included ET (6%), TMZ (17%), Access Hollywood (11%), Inside Edition (7%) and Extra (6%).
The first week of June was a hot one for magazine shows, although summer-like weather, depressed PUT levels and preemptions for French Open tennis coverage on June 5 nudged ratings lower for most syndicated shows.
The weekend version of CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider had the largest increase of any show in syndication, skyrocketing 44% from the week before to a 1.3 with an episode that led with extensive coverage of the mysterious death of actor David Carradine. The weekday Insider held steady at a 1.6, but big sister Entertainment Tonight was the highest-rated magazine, with a 6% jump to a 3.8.
ET and other magazines got boosts from stories on Carradine and, to a lesser extent, the controversy surrounding Britain’s Got Talent surprise loser Susan Boyle.
For example, ET‘s best-rated show of the week led with the latest on the Carradine death investigation and ratings were up 19% to a 4.3 on June 4. CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition gained 7% to a 2.9; Warner Bros.’ TMZ climbed 17% to a 2.1; NBCU’s Access Hollywood rose 11% to a 2.0; and Warner Bros.’ Extra advanced 6% to a 1.7.
None of the established talk shows were up from the week before. The top two gabbers, CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah and Dr. Phil, remained unchanged at 4.0 and 2.7, respectively, but Live sank 8% to a 2.4.
Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres was down 10% to a 1.8, but was still the only daytime show in syndication up over last year at this time, growing 13%. NBCU’s Maury was flat at a 1.7.
Among rookies, CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors was the top-rated new show in first run for the 20th straight week, despite a 6% dip to a 1.7.
NBCU’s Deal or No Deal was a close second, holding even with the previous week’s 1.5; Sony’s Judge Karen dropped 11% to a 0.8 and landed in a tie with Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt, which was up 14% from its series low in the previous week.
Debmar-Mercury’s Trivial Pursuit: America Plays remained stalled at a 0.6 and Family fell 20% to a 0.4.
Although none of the court shows were up, top gaveler CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy was syndication’s highest rated show of any type for a second straight week with a 6.1 GAA rating, while its AA dipped 2% to 4.0.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown slipped 5% to 2.0; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court tumbled 11% to a 1.7; and Twentieth’s Judge Alex and Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis were both flat at a 1.4.
Game shows were mixed as CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune was unchanged at a 5.9; CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy! added 6% to a 5.2; Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 2.3; and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud lost 7% to a 1.3.
Off-net sitcoms did little. Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men was down 2% to a 4.1; Twentieth’s Family Guy faded 3% to a 3.4; Sony’s Seinfeld stayed even at a 3.1; and CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond declined 3% to a 2.8.
On the other hand, CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY surged 13% to a 3.5 to lead the off-net weekly hours. NBCU’s Law & Order: SVU rose 6% to a 3.3; and CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami gained 9% to a 2.4, while NBCU’s House devalued 10% to a 1.9.
The off-cable Litton’s Storm Stories got buffeted with a 21% decline to a 1.1, but the off-TBS strip Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne was up 5% to a 2.3.