All the shows in the genre were up or even with the previous week with coverage of the King of Pop’s funeral and memorial service in the week ending July 12.
The Michael Jackson story kept newsmagazines, especially CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight, at high rating levels for a third straight week amid widespread coverage of Jackson’s funeral and memorial service.
Four mags were up from the week before and the other two were rock steady in the week ending July 12.
ET continued to benefit the most from its Jackson reports, growing 5% from the week before and 11% from last year to a 4.2, its highest rating in eight weeks.
That marked the largest year-to-year improvement of any news mag. ET‘s memorial sparked a 13% ratings increase to a 4.5 on both July 7 and 8.
CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition was up 4% to a 2.9; NBCU’s Access Hollywood moved into third place with a 5% increase to a 2.0, elbowing aside Warner Bros.’ TMZ, which was flat at a 1.9. CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider was unchanged at a 1.8, however, The Insider Weekend surged 18% to a 1.3; and Warner Bros.’ Extra climbed 6% to a 1.7. [Editor’s note: In the original posting of this story, Inside Edition‘s rating was incorrectly listed as a 2.0. TVNewsCheck apologizes for the error.]
Among the three not-yet nationally rated syndication newcomers, Twentieth’s Wedlock or Deadlock had the top ratings, debuting July 20 at a 1.6 rating/5 share average in a six-market test run. Although that was down 6% from its year-ago time period and down 11% from lead-in, the premiere was up 88% New York on WNYW at 11 a.m.
Warner Bros.’ Beyond Twisted got 1.1/3 in week two of its seven-market trial run, down 39% from its average lead-in and off 42% from its year-ago time periods.
And Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams started even lower, averaging only a 0.9/3 for its first week in 42 metered markets. The show was down 18% from its year-ago time periods and lost 10% from its lead-ins. It did better in larger markets like New York where it got a 1.9/15 among women 18-34 and a 1.5/12 among adults 18-34 on WNYW at 10 a.m.
The nationally-rated rookies were led by CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors for the 25th consecutive week with an unchanged 1.6. NBCU’s Deal or No Deal was a strong second, with an 8% jump to a 1.4; Sony’s Judge Karen slipped 11% to a 0.8; Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt sank to new series low 0.6 after being broken out the week before; and Debmar-Mercury’s Trivial Pursuit: America Plays plunged 17% to a 0.5.
Among talkers, Twentieth’s The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet had the largest increase, climbing 33% among women 18-34 and 17% in households to a 0.7.
CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah gained 16% to a 3.7 after sinking to its all-time series low in the July 4 holiday week. It extended its streak as the No. 1 talk show in syndication to 532 weeks.
Second-place CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil was the only other talk show to improve, advancing 4% to a 2.8 with a 19 gain to a 3.2 for a July 6 show on a teen’s pregnancy.
Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly was flat at a 2.3; NBCU’s Maury dropped 6% to a 1.7; and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres was unchanged at a 1.5.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy was the top-rated show in daytime, beating Oprah for a third straight week with a 22% spike among women 18-34 and a 3% increase in households to a 3.8. Judy overpowered her nearest court show competition by a 2-1 margin — CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown was unchanged at a 1.9; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court was down 6% to a.1.7; Twentieth’s Judge Alex added 7% to a 1.5; and Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis was flat at a 1.3.
Games were slightly higher after a rough week in the prior session. CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune and its Jeopardy! each rose 4% to a 5.7 and a 4.8, respectively; Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire advanced 5% to a 2.2; and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 1.3.
Off-net sitcoms were quiet with Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men and Twentieth’s Family Guy unchanged at 3.9 and 3.3, respectively; Sony’s Seinfeld slipped 3% to a 2.8; Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show lost 4% to a 2.7, landing in a tie with Twentieth’s King of the Hill, which was up 8% to a 2.7.
CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY held on to a narrow lead among the off-net weekly hours, skidding 10% to a new series low 2.6; NBCU’s Law & Order: SVU dropped 11% to a.25; CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami was down 10% to a 1.9, while NBCU’s House gained 6% to a 1.8 and Warner Bros.’ Cold Case climbed 7% to a 1.6.
The off-cable Litton’s Storm Stories rebounded 20% to a 1.2 and the off-TBS strip Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne was flat at a 1.9.