Coverage of the deaths of the two showbiz icons on June 25 was big enough to raise ratings for the entire week ending June 28.
Ratings for most magazine shows surged in the week ending June 28 as coverage of the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson on June 25 caused enough of a ratings spike to drive the entire week’s averages significantly higher.
Meanwhile, ratings for most other shows were little changed in the first week of summer, although CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy blew by CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah to take over the top spot among all daytime shows.
Among magazines, CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight was up 14% from the week before to lead the category with a 4.0, its highest rating in six weeks. On June 25, reports on Fawcett and Jackson shot ET‘s ratings up 43% to a 5.0, and for the week, ET was the only magazine up from last year.
CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition rose 8% to a 2.7; NBCU’s Access Hollywood was up 6% to a 1.9 and its ratings spiked 22% to a 2.2 for its Jackson coverage on June 25; CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider jumped 20% to a 1.8, its highest ratings in eight weeks, and tied Warner Bros.’ TMZ, which was down 5% to a 1.8. Ironically, TMZ, whose own Web site broke the Jackson story, was the only show in the genre to see a ratings decline for the week.
On the other hand, Jackson coverage sparked a 33% increase for CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider to a 2.0 on the 25th and a 40% jump to a 2.1 on the 26th.
In addition, Warner Bros.’ Extra grew 14% to a 1.6.
The first-run weekly hours were also sharply higher. Entertainment Tonight Weekend grew 22% from the week before and 47% from two weeks ago to a 2.2; Disney-ABC’s Legend of the Seeker, which hit a series low 0.9 in the prior week, recovered with a 44% gain to a 1.3; Access Hollywood Weekend leapt 57% to a 1.1; and Extra Weekend advanced 13% to a 0.9.
In other syndication news, the eight-week test run of Warner Bros.’ Beyond Twisted clip show on seven Fox O&Os is averaging a 1.2 rating/3 share in the metered markets in access and late-fringe slots after two days on the air.
In daytime, back in the national ratings, all of the talk shows were flat or up a tenth of a point, except for Oprah, which tumbled 8% to a new season low 3.6. CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil held steady at a 2.7; Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly was unchanged at a 2.3; NBCU’s Maury gained 7% to a 1.7; Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres added 7% to a 1.6; CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray, NBCU’s Jerry Springer and NBCU’s Steve Wilkos Show were flat at 1.4, 1.1 and 1.0, respectively; Warner Bros.’ Tyra Banks improved 11% to a 1.0; and Twentieth’s The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet and NBCU’s Martha were unchanged at 0.7 and 0.6, respectively.
Judge Judy continued to dominate the court shows, holding firm at a 3.8 and brushing past Oprah for the lead among all daytime shows. While both strips were in repeats, Judy outperformed Oprah by 6%. And in the GAA ratings, Judy was the No. 1 show in syndication for the fifth straight week with a 5.7.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown slipped 5% to a 1.9; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court and Twentieth’s Judge Alex were flat at 1.9 and 1.4, respectively, while Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis slipped 7% to a 1.3.
Among rookies, CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors was highest rated new show in syndication for the 23rd consecutive week, staying even with the prior week’s 1.6; NBCU’s Deal or No Deal also held steady — at a 1.4; Sony’s Judge Karen was third with an unchanged 0.8; while Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt dropped 13% to a 0.7 and Debmar-Mercury’s Trivial Pursuit: America Plays was flat at a 0.6.
Among game shows CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! were unchanged at 5.6 and.4.8, respectively; Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire slid 5% to a new season low 2.1; and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 1.3.
Off-net sitcoms were led by Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which was down 3% to new season low 3.7; Twentieth’s Family Guy was unchanged at a 3.4; Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show dropped 10% to a 2.7, tying Sony’s Seinfeld, which was down 4% to a new season low 2.7, and Twentieth’s King of the Hill, which was up 8% to a 2.7.
In off-net weekly hours, CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY was up 3% to a 3.1; NBCU’s Law & Order: SVU sank 14% to a 2.4; CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami was down 5% to a 2.0; Warner Bros.’ Cold Case jumped 20% to a 1.8; while NBCU’s House was down 11% to a 1.6 and Warner Bros.’ Without a Trace fell 6% to a new season low 1.5.