No first-run shows post increases over the previous week as PUT levels take a plunge.
Most of syndication wilted in the first week of August as summer PUT levels declined sharply and some shows were preempted Aug. 5 by coverage of the homecoming of two journalists pardoned by North Korea.
In fact, not a single first-run strip was up from the week before.
Among talk shows, CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah sank 3% from the week before, although it hung onto the top spot with a 3.5; CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil held steady at a 2.5; Live slipped 8% to a 2.4; NBCU’s Maury lost 6% to a 1.7; CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres each declined 13% to a 1.4; and NBCU’s Jerry Springer tumbled 15% to a 1.1.
Rookie leader CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors slipped 12% to a 1.5 but remained the highest-rated new first-run show for a 29th straight week.
NBCU’s Deal or No Deal was right behind, holding firm at a 1.4. Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams dropped 10% to a 0.9; Sony’s Judge Karen, which has not been renewed, was unchanged at a 0.8; and Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt fell 14% to a 0.6.
For the week ending Aug. 16, the two newest syndication entries were also down from the previous week. Twentieth’s Wedlock or Deadlock, in week four of a six-week run in seven markets, averaged a 0.9 rating/3 share (down from a 1.1/3), and Williams posted a 0.8/2 in its 43 metered cities (down from a 0.9/3).
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy, the courtroom queen, beat every first-run strip in daytime, including Oprah, for the seventh week in a row, despite slipping 3% to a 3.7.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown dipped 5% to a 1.9; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court was flat at a 1.7; while Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis and Twentieth’s Judge Alex each lost 7% to a 1.4 and a 1.3, respectively.
CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight led the magazines with a 3.7, which was down 5% from the week before, but still up 6% from last year at this time.
CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition was flat at a 2.7, although up 4% from last year; Warner Bros.’ TMZ sank 5% to a 1.9; NBCU’s Access Hollywood was unchanged at a 1.8, but up 6% from last year; CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider slipped 6% to a 1.6; and Warner Bros.’ Extra was unchanged at a 1.5.
Game shows did little. CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune wobbled to a 5.5, losing 5% from the week before; CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy! sank 4% to a 4.6; Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire fell 8% to a 2.2; and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 1.4.
Off-net sitcoms were little changed except for Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show, which jumped 11% to a 3.0 and tied CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond for third place. Raymond was unchanged at a 3.0.
Leader Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men was steady at a 4.1; second-place Twentieth’s Family Guy was down 3% to a 3.5; and Sony’s Seinfeld dropped to fifth place, although it was unchanged at a 2.9.
CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY continued to lead the off-net weekly hours with an unchanged 3.0. NBCU’s Law & Order: SVU slipped 7% to a 2.7; CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami regained third place with a 5% increase to a 2.0; while NBCU’s House plunged 15% to a 1.7; and Warner Bros.’ Cold Case and its Without a Trace were unchanged at a 1.6.