The majority of shows turned in flat or lower numbers in the week ending Sept. 6, with Ellen, Oprah and ET Weekend among the few posting gains from the previous week. And Dr. Oz holds steady on its second day with a 1.7/5.
The first week of September brought sharply lower PUT levels for a third straight week and most of syndication declined, although new American Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres had the biggest increase in the talk arena.
In the metered markets, Sony’s Dr. Oz averaged a 1.7 rating/5 share yesterday, unchanged from its premiere on Monday. That put the newcomer in the middle of the yak pack behind such top-tier shows as CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah and Dr. Phil, Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly, Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres, and CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors and Rachael Ray, but ahead of strips like Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams, NBCU’s Steve Wilkos Show, Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt, and NBCU’s Maury, Jerry Springer and Martha.
In the national ratings, most talk shows were flat to down in the week ending Sept. 6, but Ellen climbed 7% to a 1.5 after seeing a 21% increase from the week before to a 1.7 on Aug. 31 for a repeat featuring guest Reese Witherspoon. Actually, the improvement came in the days just prior to the Idol announcement.
At the top of the list, Oprah inched up 3% to a 3.7; Dr. Phil dipped 4% to a 2.5, Live was unchanged at a 2.1; and Maury and Rachael Ray held steady at 1.7 and 1.5, respectively.
Among magazines, CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight was in its customary first place, slipping 3% to a 3.6, although its weekend version surged 29% to a 1.8 with coverage of the Michael Jackson burial. CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition and Warner Bros.’ TMZ were flat at 2.9 and 1.9, respectively; NBCU’s Access Hollywood was down 6% to a1.7; and CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider and Warner Bros.’ Extra were stable at 1.6 and 1.5, respectively.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy presided over the court shows with a steady 3.6 and was the highest-rated show in syndication for the 14th time in the past 15 weeks with a 5.7 GAA rating. CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown and Warner Bros.’ People’s Court were unchanged at a 2.0 and a 1.7, respectively; Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis tumbled 13% to a 1.4; and Twentieth’s Judge Alex was flat at a 1.3.
The Doctors took the rookie crown for the 33rd consecutive week despite dipping 6% to a 1.6. NBCU’s Deal or No Deal was the runner-up with a steady 1.4; while the departing Sony’s Judge Karen lost 11% to a 0.8 and tied Wendy Williams, which dropped to a new series low 0.8, also falling 11% from the week before.
Ratings for games were soft, with CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! each dropping 2% to 5.6 and 4.7, respectively, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud were flat at 2.2 and 1.3, respectively.
Off-net sitcoms were led by Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which was down 5% to a 4.1. Twentieth’s Family Guy lost 3% to a 3.6; CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond was unchanged at a 2.9; Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show and Sony’s Seinfeld each slipped 3% to 2.8; Twentieth’s King of the Hill was up 4% to a 2.4; Sony’s King of Queens was down 4% to a 2.2; Warner Bros.’ Friends dropped 9% to 2.1; and Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne was flat at a 2.0.
Off-net weekly hours were mostly flat to down. CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY slipped 6% to a 2.9; NBCU’s Law & Order: SVU sank 21% to a 2.3; CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami was unchanged at a 2.0; NBCU’s House settled at an 18% decline to a 1.8; Warner Bros.’ Cold Case remained frozen at a 1.7; and Warner Bros.’ Without a Trace saw 6% of its ratings vanish, landing at a 1.6.
Also, first-run action hour Disney-ABC’s Legend of the Seeker was down 17% to a 1.0.