Exceptions include Oprah, Dr. Phil, Judge Mathis, ET, Inside Edition, TMZ and some off-net sitcoms and hours.
The top two chat fests, CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah and its Dr. Phil, were the only talk shows making gains from the week before in the final week of August. PUT levels sank and ratings for most daytimers were tepid, but the top three magazines were higher as the Los Angeles coroner ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide.
Oprah inched up 3% to a 3.6 in the week ending Aug. 30 and Phil rose 4% to a 2.6. On the other hand, Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly hit its lowest ratings in the past year, sinking 9% to a 2.1; NBCU’s Maury fell 6% to a 1.7; CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray remained stable at a 1.5; while Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres slipped 7% to a 1.4.
Among the freshman class, CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors was the highest-rated new show in first run for the 32nd straight week, holding steady at a 1.7; NBCU’s Deal or No Deal was flat at a 1.4; Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams remained at a 0.9 for a fourth consecutive week and was tied with the expected-to-depart Sony’s Judge Karen, which was unchanged at a 0.9; while Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt was flat at a 0.6.
Sophomore Judge Pirro from Warner Bros. entered syndication on the Labor Day holiday after a year on the CW with a 1.0 rating/3 share in 44 metered markets. Pirro‘s best performance in the top 25 markets came in New York where it beat Oprah head-to-head at 4 p.m. with a 2.9 rating/6 share on WNYW. Yesterday, however, Pirro‘s average slipped to 0.8/3 on day 2.
Court shows were topped by CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy, which dipped 3% to a 3.7, but was the highest-rated show in daytime, topping Oprah for the 10 week in a row. CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown was down 5% to a 2.0; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court was flat at a 1.7; Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis gained 7% to a 1.6; and Twentieth’s Judge Alex dropped 7% to a 1.3.
CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight ruled the mags, climbing 3% to a 3.7 after seeing a 14% increase to a 4.1 for Jackson coverage on Aug. 24.
CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition tacked on 4% to a 2.9; and Warner Bros.’ TMZ added 6% to a third-place 1.9. NBCU’s Access Hollywood, CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider and Warner Bros.’ Extra all held firm at 1.8, 1.6 and 1.5, respectively.
Ratings for game shows were soft, with CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune spinning a 5.7, down 5%; CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy!
staying flat at a 4.8; Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire losing 4% to a 2.2; and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud down 7% to a 1.3.
Off-net sitcoms were led by Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which was up 5% to a 4.3; Twentieth’s Family Guy climbed 3% to a 3.7; but Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show fell 6% to a 2.9 and landed in a tie with Sony’s Seinfeld, which was down 3% to a 2.9, and CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond, which was up 4% to a 2.9.
Off-net weekly hours were mostly higher. CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY advanced 3% to a 31.; NBCU’s Law & Order: SVU jumped 12% to a 2.9; NBCU’s House inflated its ratings by 16% to a 2.2, passing CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami, which was flat at a 2.0; Cold slipped 6% to a 1.7, tying Trace, which was up 6% to a 1.7; NBCU’s Monk gained 8% to a 1.4; and Twentieth’s Boston Legal declined 7% to a 1.3.