Despite the slow summer season, many first-run syndicated shows during the week ending Aug. 23 were able to hold or increase their audiences over the previous week.
It’s summer. There were other things to do. Fewer people were watching TV.
Yet, for the week ending Aug. 23, most first-run syndicated TV shows were able to attract more viewers than they did the week before — or at least hold on to as many as they had.
The household rating for Oprah, for instance, grew three percent to 3.5, while Dr. Phil managed a four percent rise to 2.5 after getting a 17 percent boost on a repeat about teenage motherhood on Aug. 17.
Ellen DeGeneres rose seven percent to 1.5, while Steve Wilkos jumped 20 percent to a 1.2.
Every other talker was steady week to week, except Live with Regis and Kelly which dropped 8 percent to a 2.3 and The Tyra Banks Show, which slipped 10 percent to a 0.9
Among first-year shows, The Doctors climbed six percent to a 1.7 and was the top newcomer for the 31st consecutive week. Deal or No Deal took second, unchanged at 1.4.
A distant third was Judge Karen, which is expected to leave first-run shortly. The show rose 13 percent to 0.9 and landed in a tie with recent arrival Wendy Williams, flat at 0.9.
Bonnie Hunt sank 14 percent to a 0.6.
Wedlock or Deadlock completed its six-week, seven-market test run on Aug. 30, averaging a 1.0 rating/3 share.
In New York, the show was up 60 percent in households over its recent May 2009 sweep time period average and up 250 percent among women 25-54, against the same book.
The show’s finale last Friday finished first, second or third in five of its seven markets.
Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown topped the judge shows, holding steady at 3.8 and 2.1, respectively.
Judy was the highest rated, first-run strip in daytime, dominating Oprah for the ninth consecutive week.
People’s Court and Judge Mathis were unchanged at 1.7 and 1.5, respectively, while Divorce Court and Judge Alex scored the biggest gains in the category with each show rising eight percent from the week before to 1.3 and 1.4, respectively.
Game shows made a bit of ratings noise. Wheel or Fortune added nine percentage points to finish the week at 6.0.
After slipping to a season low last week, Jeopardy! recovered seven percent to a 4.8.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was flat at 2.3, but Family Feud grew eight percent to 1.4.
Entertainment Tonight was once again the top-rated magazine, despite slipping three percent to 3.6. Inside Edition fell at the same rate to 2.8.
TMZ was down 5 percent to a 1.8, tying Access Hollwood for third place, which was flat at 1.8.
The Insider eased up six percent to 1.6, while Extra was unchanged at a 1.5.
Among the off-net sitcoms, Two and a Half Men dropped two percent to 4.1.
Family Guy grew nine percent to a 3.6, George Lopez finished 3 percent lower at 3.1, Seinfeld was flat at 3.0 and Everybody Loves Raymond slipped three percent to 2.8
Off-net weekly hours were a mixed bag.
CSI: New York tumbled nine percent to 3.0, while CSI: Miami was fell five percent to a 2.0.
Law & Order: SVU declined four percent to a 2.6, House depreciated 10 percent to 1.9 and Cold Case was unchanged at 1.8.