Most of the talk shows turned in stellar performances in the week ending Nov. 15. Others posting gains include most game shows as well as The Office, Everybody Hates Chris, Wendy Williams, Inside Edition, Street Court, The Insider, People’s Court, Judge Mathis, Seinfeld, George Lopez, House, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace and Two and a Half Men
Talk shows celebrated the Veterans Day holiday week ending Nov. 15 with a sharp rally despite running into preemptions in some markets for coverage of ceremonies honoring the Fort Hood shooting victims.
Syndication newcomer The Office (NBCU) also pinned the Nielsen meter with a new series record.
Seven talkers spoke up in the session, which included the second full week of the November sweep.
Oprah (CTD) led the chat fests for the 550th consecutive week with an 18% jump to a 5.8 after scoring a 6.9 for her Nov. 9 show with Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi talking about their marriage, a 6.0 for her Nov. 11 show featuring the woman who had her face ripped off; and a 5.7 for her Nov. 10 interview with a killer on death row.
Dr. Phil (CTD) hit a new season high with a 7% increase to a 3.1; Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) rolled to a new high for the year with a 4% improvement to a 2.4; Maury (NBCU) grew 11% to a season high 2.0; Jerry Springer (NBCU) sprung for an 8% bump to a 1.3; Steve Wilkos Show (NBCU) was good for 9% more, to a season high 1.2; and Bonnie Hunt (WBDTD) had a 13% bounce to a 0.9.
In addition, Live with Regis and Kelly (Disney-ABC) and The Doctors (CTD) held steady at 2.7 and 2.0, respectively.
On the rookie front, The Office opened up an even wider lead over all freshmen this season. The off-net hit jumped 7% to a new series high 3.1.
The next sitcom in line, My Name is Earl (Twentieth), was flat at a 1.9 and tied by Everybody Hates Chris (CTD), which grew 6% to a series high 1.9.
In first-run, Dr. Oz (Sony) was flat at a 2.7; Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Twentieth) was also unchanged at a 1.7; Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) leaped 18% to a 1.3; and Street Court (Litton) was up 17% to a 0.7.
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) held firm at its season high 4.7 set in the prior week and topped the magazines for the 697th consecutive week. Inside Edition (CTD) was up 3% to a season high 3.3; Access Hollywood (NBCU) and TMZ (WBDTD) were unchanged at 2.1 and 1.9, respectively; The Insider (CTD) had the biggest increase from the week before among mags, gaining 6% to a 1.8 after a two-part report on the alleged blackmailing of David Letterman sent ratings up 12% to a 1.9 on both Nov. 10 and 11; while Extra (WBDTD) was down 5% to a 1.8.
Game shows were mostly higher, with all of the top four scoring new season highs. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) gained 4% to a 7.5; Jeopardy! (CTD) added 7% to a 6.3; Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) asked the audience for a 4% increase to a 2.6; Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) picked up 8% to a 1.3; while Deal or No Deal (NBCU) dropped 8% to a 1.1
Court shows continued to be presided over by Judge Judy (CTD), which was far in front with a 4.6, remaining at its previous season high. Judge Joe Brown (CTD) was a distant second with an unchanged 2.1; People’s Court (WBDTD) tied Brown with an 11% hike to a season high 2.1; Judge Mathis (WBDTD) was up 6% to a 1.7; Judge Alex (Twentieth) and Divorce Court (Twentieth) both sank 7% to 1.4s; and Judge Jeanine Piero (WBDTD) posted a 1.0 for the fifth week in a row.
Off-net sitcoms were topped by Two and a Half Men (WBDTD), which grew 10% to a new season high 5.4; Family Guy (Twentieth) was flat at a 3.6; Seinfeld (Sony) soared 12% to a 2.8; George Lopez Show (WBDTD) was up 4% to new season high 2.7; and Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD) remained unchanged at a 2.6.
Off-Net Weekly Hours
Off-net weekly hours were mixed. CSI: NY (CTD) edged ahead 3% to a 3.2; Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) slipped 6% to a 2.9; Bones (Twentieth) tumbled 11% to a 2.4; House (NBCU) was in the market for a 10% increase to a 2.3; CSI: Miami (CTD) also heated up 10% to a 2.2; Without a Trace (WBDTD) found itself with a 6% gain to a 1.8; but Grey’s Anatomy (Disney-ABC) deteriorated 15% to a 1.7, tying Cold Case (WBDTD), which was flat at a 1.7.