Most of the entertainment magazine shows saw week-to-week ratings gains in the week ending Dec.6 from the ongoing Tiger Woods coverage.
The ongoing turmoil surrounding Tiger Woods and the increasing scrutiny of the White House party crashers sent ratings skyward for syndicated magazines in the week ending Dec. 6.
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) led the magazine category, which enjoyed mostly robust Nielsens in the sweep and kept the momentum going in the first week following the ratings period.
ET was up 5% from the week before to a 4.4 rating and an average of more than 6.4 million viewers per show. It also grew 5% from last year at this time.
Second-place Inside Edition (CTD) was the only magazine not to improve, losing 3% to a 3.2, although still up 7% from last year.
Access Hollywood (NBCU) added 10% — both week to week and year to year — to a new season high 2.2; TMZ (WBDTD) jumped 24% to a fourth-place 2.1 and was up 5% from last year; The Insider (CTD) climbed 6% to a 1.8 and held steady with last year; and Extra (WBDTD) was up 13% to a 1.8, also staying on par with last year.
Oprah (CTD) got back 12% of its ratings, landing at a 4.6. This followed a 36% drop for the show in the holiday week ending Nov. 29.
Dr. Phil (CTD) dipped 6% from its season high the week before to a 3.0; Live with Regis and Kelly (Disney-ABC) and Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) were both unchanged at 2.7 and 2.4, respectively; The Doctors (CTD) advanced 5% to a 2.0; and Maury (NBCU) fell 10% to a 1.8.
Among court shows, Judge Judy (CTD) was up 2% to a 4.6, leading the legal skeins for the 690th consecutive week and tying Oprah for the top spot in the daytime standings.
Judge Joe Brown (CTD) was No. 2, holding firm at a 2.2; People’s Court (WBDTD) gained 5% to a 2.1; Judge Mathis (WBDTD) was flat at a 1.6; Judge Alex (Twentieth) was the only court show to decline, fading 7% to a 1.4, while Divorce Court (Twentieth) and Judge Jeanine Piero (WBDTD) were unchanged at 1.4 and 1.0, respectively.
The Office (NBCU) continued its ratings roll, leaping 11% to a 3.1 and finishing first among all syndie newcomers. Among the other new off-net laughers, Everybody Hates Chris (CTD) recovered most of its huge decline in the prior session with a 33% leap to a 2.0 and My Name is Earl (Twentieth) was up 6% to a 1.9.
Ratings for Dr. Oz (Sony) softened 4% to a 2.6, but it continued to lead this season’s new first-run entries. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Twentieth) was up 7% to a 1.6; Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) tied its series low 1.1 with an 8% drop; and Street Court (Litton) continued to trail with an unchanged 0.6.
Wheel of Fortune (CTD), which had found the going rough in the prior week, falling to a season low, got an 18% bump to a 7.3 to lead the game shows in the current session.
Jeopardy! (CTD) also came back from a sharp decline the prior week, with a 20% rebound to a 6.1; Who fell 8% to a 2.4; while Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) and Deal or No Deal (NBCU) were flat at 1.3 and 1.2, respectively.
Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) was up 13% to lead a lively gaggle of off-net sitcoms. Family Guy (Twentieth) grew 9% to a 3.5; George Lopez Show (WBDTD) leaped 4% to a new season high 2.8; Seinfeld (Sony) snared an 8% advance to a 2.7; and Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD) was unchanged at a 2.4.
Off-Net Weekly Hours
Among off-net weekly hours, CSI: NY (CTD) was unchanged at a 3.5; Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) had a 3% uptick to a 3.2; CSI: Miami (CTD) was flat at a 2.4; Bones (Twentieth) dipped 4% to a 2.3; House (NBCU) appreciated 5% to a 2.2; and Cold Case (WBDTD) jumped 11% to a new season high 2.0.