Fewer viewers, coupled with preemptions for U.S. Open golf coverage, combined to depress ratings in the week ended June 21.
Most syndicated shows fizzled in the last week before summer as warm weather lured viewers outdoors and many shows were disrupted by U.S. Open golf coverage on June 18 and 19.
On the other hand, the sudden death of Michael Jackson and the passing of Farrah Fawcett on Thursday, June 25, sent overnight ratings for most of the magazines soaring.
CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight drew the biggest crowd for its coverage, averaging a 5.4 rating/10 share for its primary runs in the metered markets, up 42% from its year-ago time period average.
CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition was the one mag not to improve, staying flat compared to last June at a 3.0/7; NBCU’s Access Hollywood came in third with a 22% increase to a 2.8/6; followed by CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider, which was up 41% to a 2.4/6; Warner Bros.’ Extra was up 15% to a 2.3/6; and Warner Bros.’ TMZ was up 6% to a 1.8/4.
For the week ending June 21, ET led the field in the national ratings with a 3.5, down 8% from the week before, although Entertainment Tonight Weekend was a bright spot, surging 20% to a 1.8 and finishing No. 1 among all weekly first-run hours. The weekend show opened with an extensive report on Billy Joel’s upcoming divorce from third wife, Katie Lee, who is 33 years his junior.
Inside Edition tumbled 11% to a new season low 2.5; TMZ fell 5% to a 1.9; Access Hollywood declined 5% to a 1.8; The Insider slipped 6% to a new season low 1.5; and Extra dropped 13% to a new season low 1.4.
Both CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! plunged to new season lows in a soft game show group. Wheel skidded 3% to a 5.6 and Jeopardy! was down 4% to a 4.8, although those ratings still put the two shows into the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in household AA ratings. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud were flat at 2.2 and 1.3, respectively.
In daytime, talk shows were mostly lower. CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah slid 5% to a 3.9; CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil dipped 4% to a 2.7; Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly sank 8% to a new season low 2.3; NBCU’s Maury lost 6% to a 1.6; and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres fell 6% to a new season low 1.5.
Among court shows, CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy was tops with a 3.8, easing 3% from the week before, but still finishing as syndication’s highest-rated show for the fourth straight week in the household GAA rating with a 5.7.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown was down 5% to a 2.0; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court was up 6% to a 1.9; and Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis dropped 7% to a 1.4, tying Twentieth’s Judge Alex which was unchanged at a 1.4.
CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors was the top-rated new show in syndication for the 22nd straight week, despite slipping 6% to a 1.6. Second-place NBCU’s Deal or No Deal was off 13% to a 1.4 and Sony’s Judge Karen lost 11% to a 0.8, falling into a tie with Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt, which was flat at a 0.8.
Off-net sitcoms were led by Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which stumbled to a new season low 3.8, losing 10% from the week before.
Twentieth’s Family Guy eased 3% to a 3.4; Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show was up 11% to a 3.0; while Sony’s Seinfeld slipped 7% to new season low 2.8 and CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond was down 11% to a new season low 2.5, tying Hill, which was off 4% to a 2.5.
Among the off-net weekly hours, CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY dipped 3% to a 3.0; NBCU’s Law & Order: SVU and CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami were flat at 2.8 and 2.1, respectively; NBCU’s House rebounded 13% to a 1.8; and Warner Bros.’ Without a Trace was down 6% to a 1.6.
The first-run action Disney-ABC’s Legend of the Seeker sank 25% to a new series low 0.9. The off-cable Litton’s Storm Stories dropped 17% to a 1.0 and the off-TBS strip Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne slipped 5% to a 2.0.