Competition from baseball playoffs and lower viewing levels take their toll, resulting in most categories posting flat or lower numbers in the week ending Oct. 25.
Syndicated shows gave back some of the previous week’s gains in the week ending Oct. 25 as competition with six league championship baseball games and sharply lower PUT levels took a toll.
Magazines and other access strips were especially hard hit, with almost every show losing at least some ground and NBCU’s Access Hollywood and Warner Bros.’ TMZ suffering double-digit declines.
CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight remained solidly entrenched at No. 1 in the genre with a 4.3, a minor 2% dip from the week before; CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition declined 3% to a 3.1; Access Hollywood held onto third place, although it sank 10% to new season low 1.9; CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider was right behind with a 1.8, down 5%; Warner Bros.’ TMZ was in fifth place, dropping 11% to a new season low 1.7 and landing in a tie with Warner Bros.’ Extra which was down 6% to a 1.7.
Game shows were all down or flat, with leader CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune sliding 1% to a 7.1; CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy! fell 2% to a 5.8; Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire lost 4% to a 2.4; NBCU’s Deal or No Deal skidded 8% to a 1.2; and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was unchanged at a 1.2.
In daytime, the top-tier talk shows were mostly lower, with CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah fading 2% to a 5.1; CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil held steady at a 2.8; Live lost 4% to a 2.5; CBS Television Distribution’s The Doctors and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres each slipped 5% to a 2.0, although The Doctors was still up 33% from last year, the largest year-to-year increase of any syndicated strip. NBCU’s Maury fell 5% to a 1.8, while CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray remained even with the prior week at a 1.7.
Courtrooms were also down slightly or flat following a strong showing in the prior session. CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy continued to rule the category despite shedding 5% to 4.1; CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown was also down 5% and was a distant second at a 2.1; Warner Bros.’ People’s Court was flat a 1.9; Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis declined 6% to a 1.5; Twentieth’s Judge Alex dropped 7% to a 1.4; and Twentieth’s Divorce Court and Warner Bros.’ Judge Piero were unchanged at 1.4 and 1.0, respectively.
NBCU’s The Office led all rookies with a steady 2.8 in households and, for the first time, was the no.1 show in syndication among women 18-34. CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Hates Chris was up 20% to a 1.8, tying Twentieth’s My Name is Earl, which was flat at a 1.8; Disney-ABC’s America’ Funniest Home Videos was unchanged at a 0.7 and Trifecta’s Cold Case Files steamed up 33% to a 0.4.
In first-run, Sony’s Dr. Oz was far in front of his competition with an unchanged 2.6; Twentieth’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? was left back with a 6% loss to a 1.5; Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams was flat at a 1.2; and Litton’s Street Court plunged 29% to a 0.5.
Among off-net sitcoms, Twentieth’s Family Guy was on top with Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men being reprocessed by Nielsen for a second week. Family Guy was down 12% to a new season low, however. Warner Bros.’ George Lopez Show grew 8 to a new season high 2.6; Sony’s Seinfeld dropped 4% to a new season low 2.4 and tied with CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond, which remained flat at a 2.4.
Among off-net weekly hours, CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: NY led, but was down 3% to a 3.3. On the other hand, second-place NBCU’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent leaped 12% to a new season high 2.8; CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami was unchanged at a 2.3; Twentieth’s Bones jumped 11% to a 2.0 and tied with NBCU’s House, which was down 5% to a 2.0; while Disney-ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy gained 6% to a 1.9.