Among the freshman syndication entries, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader and Dr. Oz post gains from the prior week while leader The Office held steady as did My Name Is Earl, Everybody Hates Chris and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Ratings remained strong for key rookies despite lower PUT levels in the week ending Oct. 4, a week that included the Yom Kippur Jewish High Holy Day on Sept. 28.
NBCU’s The Office was at the top of the freshman class, holding steady at a 2.8 average after growing 18% to a 3.3 on Oct. 2, its highest single-day rating yet. Trailing The Office, Twentieth’s My Name is Earl, CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Hates Chris and Disney-ABC’s America’ Funniest Home Videos were all flat at 1.7, 1.4 and 0.6, respectively.
Sony’s Dr. Oz held onto the lead among first-runs, growing 4% to a 2.5; Twentieth’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? gained 7% to a 1.6, the only game show since 2000 to gain off its premiere week; while Litton’s Street Court sank 17% to a 0.5 in its second week.
CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah lost 4% to a 5.0, following a steep decline from its season premiere week in the prior session. CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil slipped 7% to a 2.6; Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly rose 4% to a 2.4; Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres fell 5% to a 2.0; while CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors was unchanged at a 1.8, but still up the most of any talk show compared to last year with a 38% increase.
Court shows declined slightly for the most part. CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy dipped 2% to a 4.1, although it still trounced all competing courtrooms by more than a 2-to-1 margin. CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown was down 5% to a 1.9; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court was flat at a 1.8; Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis dropped 6% to a 1.5; Twentieth’s Divorce Court and Twentieth’s Judge Alex each eroded 8% to 1.2; and Warner Bros.’ Judge Piero was unchanged at a 0.9.
Game shows were mixed. CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune crawled ahead 2% to a 6.6 and its Jeopardy! was up 4% to a 5.4, but Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was unchanged at a 2.3; and NBCU’s Deal or No Deal and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud each fell 8% to 1.1.
Magazines were solid. CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight was No. 1 with a 4.3, which was even with the week before; CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition was down 3% to a 3.0; NBCU’s Access Hollywood, Warner Bros.’ TMZ and CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider were all flat at 2.1, 1.9 and 1.8, respectively; and Warner Bros.’ Extra was up 6% to a 1.7.
Off-net sitcoms were led by Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which added 2% to a 4.7; Twentieth’s Family Guy was up 6% to a 3.4; Sony’s Seinfeld lost 4% to a 2.5; and Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show and Twentieth’s King of the Hill were both unchanged at 2.3 and 2.2, respectively.
Off-net weekly hours were higher. CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY grew 6% to a 3.4; its CSI: Miami improved 9% to a 2.4; NBCU’s House appreciated 15% to a 2.3; Twentieth’s Bones debuted in off-net syndication at a 2.1, tying NBCU’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which went from a strip to a weekly, starting at a 2.1; Warner Bros.’ Without a Trace jumped 11% to a 2.0; and newcomer Disney-ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was up 6% to a 1.8, tying Warner Bros.’ Cold Case, which was also up 6% to a 1.8.