The off-net sitcom ties for ninth place its first week in syndication. Others having a good week included shows from almost all genres.
The Office opened for business the week ending Sept. 27 and immediately broke into the top 10 list among all syndicated strips at a tie for No. 9 in a tie with Dr. Phil.
Also that week, coverage of the Emmy Awards sent numbers higher for CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight and its The Insider.
NBCU’s The Office had the biggest off-net launch of the season, opening with a 2.8 average national rating and reaching a 3.0 on Sept. 21. That was the hottest sitcom debut since Twentieth’s Family Guy in 2007 and the highest-rated sitcom premiere since Warner Bros.’ Friends in 1998 among hard-to-reach men 18-34, with a 3.2 GAA demo rating.
Sony’s Dr. Oz which debuted in first run last week with a 2.3, inched up 4% to a 2.4 in week two. Other off-nets beside The Office getting their first nationals included Twentieth’s My Name is Earl, with a 1.7; and CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Hates Chris, with a 1.4. America’s funnies unwound a 0.6 in its second week, which was unchanged from week one.
Twentieth’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? premiered with a 1.5, and Litton’s Street Court debuted with a modest 0.6.
On the magazine rack, ET was up 8% to a 4.3, its highest rating in 21 weeks after a 23% increase to a 4.9 for its Emmy coverage. CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition slipped 3% to a 3.1; NBCU’s Access Hollywood was flat at a 2.1 in third place; while Warner Bros.’ TMZ dropped 10% to a 1.9. The Insider had its best ratings since early July and was only show in the genre besides ET to improve week to week, jumping 13% to a 1.8, while Warner Bros.’ Extra fell 6% to a 1.6.
In talk, CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah skidded 15% from its big season premiere week to a 5.2. That was by far the biggest week-to-week loss in the category. Dr. Phil grew 12% to a 2.8 with a return visit from the Dr. Phil family six years after their first appearance, boosting ratings 24% to a 3.1 on Sept. 21.
Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres were flat at 2.3, and 2.1, respectively; CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors rose 6% to a 1.8 and had the biggest year-to-year improvement of any strip in syndication, surging 50%. NBCU’s Maury slipped 6% to a 1.7; CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray remained stable at a 1.6; NBCU’s Jerry Springer fell 8% to a 1.1, tying an unchanged NBCU’s Steve Wilkos Show; Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams remained stuck at a 1.0 for a third straight week; Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt climbed 14% to a 0.8; and NBCU’s Martha crafted a 20% increase to a 0.6.
In court, CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy had the hot gavel, leading everything in the category by more than a 2-1 margin, and growing 8% to a 4.2, her highest ratings in 21 weeks. CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown rose 5% to a 2.0; Coming in flat were Warner Bros.’ People’s Court at a 1.8; Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis at a 1.6; Twentieth’s Judge Alex and Twentieth’s Divorce Court at 1.3; and Warner Bros.’ Judge Piero at a 0.9.
Game shows perked up a bit. CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune tacked on 8% to a 6.5; CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy! was up 6% to a 5.2; Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire gained 5% to a 2.3; and NBCU’s Deal or No Deal was unchanged at a 1.2, tying Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which was up 9% to a 1.2.
Off-net sitcoms were mostly lower, but Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men was up 12% to a 4.6; Twentieth’s Family Guy fell 9% to a 3.2; Sony’s Seinfeld tumbled 13% to a 2.6; Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show lost 8% to a 2.3; and CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond plunged 24% to a 2.2, tying Twentieth’s King of the Hill and Sony’s King of Queens, which were each down 4% to a 2.2.
Off-net weekly hours were narrowly mixed. CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY advanced 3% to a 3.2; CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami was even with the week before at a 2.2; NBCU’s House declined 5% to a 2.0; Warner Bros.’ Without a Trace lost 5% to a 1.8; and newcomer Disney-ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was up 6% in its second week to a 1.7, tying Warner Bros.’ Cold Case, which was also up 6% to a 1.7.