While all of the top-five talk shows did well, the Warner Bros. talker was syndie’s strongest performer in the week ending Sept. 13, boasting a 33% ratings gain from the week before in household and big gains in female demos as well.
The five top talk shows scored big increases despite dealing with preemptions for Labor Day programming, a golf tournament and U.S. Open tennis in the week ending Sept. 13.
The week, which marked the start of original episodes — if not the actual start of the season — for most shows, saw Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres snare the largest ratings improvement in talk for a second straight week. Ellen jumped 33% from the week before to a 2.0 in households as its new season got under way. Among key demos, Ellen was up 40% in women 25-54, up 43% in women 18-34 and up 50% in women 18-49.
Top yakker CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah moved up 19% to a 4.4; CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil raced ahead 8% to a 2.7; Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly logged a 10% gain to a 2.3; and CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors broke into the top 5 with a 13% climb to a 1.8. In addition, The Doctors was the only one of the top five to outperform its year-ago delivery, growing 38% from same week one year ago.
In sixth place, NBCU’s Maury slipped 6% to a 1.6; CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray was unchanged at a 1.5; NBCU’s Jerry Springer dropped 8% to a1.1, tying NBCU’s Steve Wilkos Show, which was flat at a 1.1; Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams bounced back 25% from a series-low 0.8 the week before to a 1.0; Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt added 17% to a 0.7; and NBCU’s Martha held steady at a 0.6.
The national ratings for court shows were lively in the week ending Sept. 13. The supreme court, according to Nielsen, was CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy with a steady 3.7. Judy also ranked as the No. 1 syndicated show of any type for the 15th time in the past 16 weeks with a 5.7 GAA rating.
CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown, the No. 2 courtroom, advanced 5% to a 2.1; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court rose 12% to a 1.9; Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis was up 21% to a 1.7; Twentieth’s Divorce Court surged 17% to a 1.4 and tied Twentieth’s Judge Alex, which was up 8% to a 1.4; and Warner Bros.’ Judge Piero, which aired on the CW last season, debuted in syndication with a 1.0.
Among magazines, CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight was No. 1, holding firm at a 3.6, while in yesterday’s fierce competition among mags for next-day Emmy coverage ratings supremecy, both ET and its spinoff The Insider were the top-rated mags in their time periods in both New York and Los Angeles.
Overall, ET averaged a top-ranked 4.7/8 for its primary runs in the metered markets last night. CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition got a 3.1/7; NBCU’s Access Hollywood a 2.9/6; The Insider a 2.2/5; Warner Bros.’ Extra a 2.1/5; and Warner Bros.’ TMZ a 1.9/4.
For the week ending Sept. 13, Inside Edition dropped 7% to a 2.7 national rating; Warner Bros.’ TMZ was flat at a 1.9 and landed in a tie for third place with Access Hollywood, which gained 12% to a 1.9. The Insider was stable at a 1.6 and Extra X held steady at a 1.5.
Game show ratings continued to erode in most cases. CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune sagged 2% to a 5.5; CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy! declined 6% to a 4.4; Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 2.2; Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was unchanged at a 1.3; and NBCU’s Deal or No Deal fell 14% to a 1.2.
Off-net sitcoms were led by Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which gained 7% to a 4.4; Twentieth’s Family Guy grew 3% to a 3.7; Sony’s Seinfeld jumped 11% to a 3.1; but CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond fell 7% to a 2.7; and Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show was down 11% to a 2.5.
There was a change in leadership among the off-net weekly hours. NBCU’s Law & Order: SVU took over the top spot with a 26% increase to a 2.9, vaulting over CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY, which sank 14% to a 2.5. NBCU’s House was flat at a 1.8; while CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami tumbled 15% to a 1.7, tying Warner Bros.’ Cold Case, which was unchanged at a 1.7.
Also unchanged were Warner Bros.’ Without a Trace at a 1.6 and Twentieth’s Boston Legal at a 1.4, although NBCU’s Monk jumped 17% to a 1.4, matching Legal; and Disney-ABC’s Desperate Housewives soared 30% to a 1.3.