Among shows posting week-to-week gains in the session ending Nov. 8 are Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, Judge Judy, Judge Mathis, Divorce Court, Judge Alex, My Name Is Earl, Two and a Half Men, Cold Case Files, Bones.
News coverage of the Fort Hood massacre and election day, as well as the final two games of the Yankees-Phillies World Series provided unusually strong competition for syndication in the week ending Nov. 8.
On the other hand, the end of daylight saving time was a big positive and syndicated shows wound up with mixed results in what was the first full week of the November sweeps period.
On the plus side, Entertainment Tonight (CTD) hit a 4.7, its highest ratings in 39 weeks and a 2% improvement over the previous week’s season record. ET again got a boost from its coverage of Chaz Bono, who was born the daughter of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, and spoke to the show about the result of his sex-change operation.
Inside Edition (CTD) gained 3% to a 3.2; Access Hollywood (NBCU) and TMZ (Warner Bros.) were flat at 2.1 and 1.9, respectively, but Extra (Warner Bros.) grew 6% and hit a new season high 1.9, tying TMZ, while The Insider (CTD) slipped 6% to a 1.7.
In daytime, no talk shows were up from the week before. Oprah (CTD) continued to lead the pack, but was the only yakker to fall to a new low for the season, losing 6% from the week before to a 4.9. The good news, however, was the show’s Sarah Palin exclusive this Monday, Nov. 16, was up a whopping 36% from last November to a 7.2 rating/18 share average for all telecasts in the metered markets.
Meanwhile, Dr. Phil (CTD) dipped 3% to a 2.9; Live with Regis and Kelly (Disney-ABC) and Ellen DeGeneres (Warner Bros.) were flat at 2.7 and 2.3, respectively; and The Doctors (CTD) eased 5% to a 2.0. Year-to-year, The Doctors was the most improved talker, gaining 25%.
Among court shows, Judge Judy (CTD) scored a 4.6, its best since last February, growing 2% from the season high mark it set the week before. Judge Joe Brown (CTD) was down 5% to a 2.1; People’s Court (Warner Bros.) slipped 5% to a 1.9; Judge Mathis (Warner Bros.) was up 7% to a 1.6; while Divorce Court (Twentieth) and Judge Alex (Twentieth) were each up 7% to 1.5, with Divorce Court (Twentieth) scoring a new season high. At the back of the pack, Judge Piero (Warner Bros.) was flat at a 1.0
Among rookies, The Office (NBCU) continued to dominate the off-net newcomers, holding steady at a 2.9 in households and jumping 13% among women 18-34 to a 2.7, which was good for second place in that demo among all shows in syndication.
My Name is Earl (Twentieth) was a distant second, but surged 19% to a new season high 1.9. Everybody Hates Chris (CTD) was flat a 1.8; America’ Funniest Home Videos (Disney-ABC) was unchanged at a 0.7; and Cold Case Files (Trifecta) rose 33% to a 0.4.
In first run, Dr. Oz (Sony) was flat at a 2.7, but still blew away its freshman rivals. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Twentieth) was up 6% to a new season high 1.7; Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury), which was just renewed for two more years on the Fox-owned stations, was down 8% to a 1.1, and season to date has a 1.1 average, which tied Steve Wilkos Show (NBCU) for 10th place among the 13 talkers. Street Court (Litton) trailed with an unchanged 0.6.
Game shows were led by Wheel of Fortune (CTD), which added 6% to a 7.2; Jeopardy! (CTD) inched ahead 2% to a 5.9; while Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC), Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) and Deal or No Deal (NBCU) were all unchanged at 2.5, 1.2 and 1.2, respectively.
Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.) topped the off-net sitcoms and logged a season-best 4.9 after three straight weeks of reprocessing by Nielsen. Family Guy (Twentieth) was up 9% from the week before to a new season high 3.6; Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD) advanced 4% to a 2.6, tying George Lopez Show (Warner Bros.), which was unchanged at a 2.6; while Seinfeld (Sony) stumbled 4% to a 2.5.
Off-Net Weekly Hours
Among the off-net weekly hours, Bones (Twentieth) made a big 35% move to a 2.7 new season high and landed in third place in the category. Leading the field were Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) and CSI: NY (CTD), with both at a 3.1. CI was up 3% from the week before, while CSI was down 3%.
In fourth place, House (NBCU) was unchanged at a 2.1; followed by CSI: Miami (CTD), which fell 5% to a new season low 2.0; and newcomer Grey’s Anatomy (Disney-ABC), which jumped 25% to a new season high 2.0.