Five of the established talk shows declined, three were flat and three were up in the week ending Nov. 22. Judge Judy and Judge Alex were the only gavelers to post week-to-week increases. Oprah has its best week of the season with a 5% week-to-week boost from the Sarah Palin interview.
Talkers and court shows returned to earth in the week ending Nov. 22 following a big run up in the prior session. The only daytime strips in first run scoring new season highs were Judge Judy (CTD) and Steve Wilkos Show (NBCU) in what was the last full week before the end of the November sweep.
Five of the established talk shows declined, three were flat and three were up.
Rachael Ray (CTD) whipped up the largest week-to-week advance, growing 13% to a 1.8 after baking in a 19% gain to a 1.9 with her “A-to-Z Guide to Thanksgiving” episode on Nov. 16. Bonnie Hunt (WBDTD) had the sharpest decline, losing 11% to a 0.8.
Top gabfest Oprah (CTD) grabbed headlines during the week, announcing that her show would end after next season and landed big ratings for her Sarah Palin interview. For the week (the show’s best this season), Oprah was up 5% to a 6.1 thanks to Palin, who gave the show a huge 8.5 rating on Nov. 16.
Dr. Phil (CTD) remained at its season-high 3.1 for a second week; Live with Regis and Kelly (Disney-ABC) dropped 4% to a 2.6. Meanwhile 78-year-old co-host Regis Philbin underwent hip replacement surgery on Dec. 1 and is expected to be off the show for four to six weeks.
Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) also lost 4% to a 2.3; Maury (NBCU) was flat at a 2.0; The Doctors (CTD) slipped 5% to a 1.9; Wilkos rose 8% to a new season high 1.3; Jerry Springer (NBCU) fell 8% to a 1.2; and Martha (NBCU) was steady at a 0.6.
On the court show docket, Judge Judy (CTD) tallied its biggest ratings since February with a 4.7, up 2% from the week before and 4% from last year, making it the only gaveler up from last year’s syndicated ratings.
Judge Joe Brown (CTD) was even with the week before at a 2.1; People’s Court (WBDTD) was down 5% to 2.0; Judge Mathis (WBDTD) sank 12% to a 1.5; Judge Alex (Twentieth) was up 7% to a 1.5; Divorce Court (Twentieth) was sixth after a 7% slide to a 1.3; and in last place, Judge Jeanine Piero (WBDTD) declined 10% to a 0.9.
Dr. Oz (Sony) fizzled 4%, down to a 2.6, but still led the first-run rookies. In second place, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Twentieth) was flat for the third consecutive week at a 1.7, while Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) tumbled 8% to a 1.2 and Street Court (Litton) plunged 14% to a 0.6.
The Office (NBCU) was the top newcomer and off-net leader with a 3.0, dipping 3% from the week before. Everybody Hates Chris (CTD) rose 11% to a new series high 2.1; and My Name is Earl (Twentieth) climbed 5% to a new series high 2.0.
Game shows were fairly quiet with Wheel of Fortune (CTD) dropping 3% to a 7.3; second-place Jeopardy! (CTD) lost 2% to a 6.2; Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) and Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) were unchanged at 2.6 and 1.3, respectively, while Deal or No Deal (NBCU) was up 9% to a1.2.
Among mags, Entertainment Tonight (CTD) was No. 1 with a 4.5, down 4% from the week before. Inside Edition (CTD) faded 3% to a 3.2; Access Hollywood (NBCU), TMZ (WBDTD) and The Insider (CTD) all held steady week to week at 2.1, 1.9 and 1.8, respectively; while Extra (WBDTD) fell 6% to a 1.7.
Off-net sitcoms were led by Two and a Half Men (WBDTD), although it was off 2% to a 5.3; Family Guy (Twentieth) and Seinfeld (Sony) stayed flat at 3.6 and 2.8, respectively; Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD) inched up 4% to a 2.7; and George Lopez Show (WBDTD) was down 4% to a 2.6
Off-Net Weekly Hours
Off-net weekly hours were mostly higher. CSI: NY (CTD) grew 6% to a 3.4; Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) captured a new sason high 3.2 with a 10% advance; CSI: Miami (CTD) gained 9% to a 2.4, tying Bones (Twentieth), which was unchanged at a 2.4; House (NBCU) devalued 4% to a 2.2; but Without a Trace (WBDTD) found a 6% improvement to a 1.9.