Also for the week ended May 21, Wheel of Fortune Weekend is the top weekly first-run half-hour, while Seinfeld Weekend is the top off-net half-hour.
May sweeps are over for syndication’s weekend shows, with CBS Paramount’s Entertainment Tonight Weekend claiming the crown among the weekly first-run hours, while King World’s CSI was by far the winner among the off-net dramas. King World’s Wheel of Fortune Weekend is the top weekly first-run half-hour, while Sony’s Seinfeld Weekend is the top off-net half-hour. Ratings are for the week ending May 21, according to Nielsen’s live plus same day household ratings.
Sir Paul McCartney’s separation from wife Heather Mills sent CBS Paramount’s Entertainment Tonight Weekend to its highest ratings in 14 weeks. ET Weekend swept its 23rd consecutive sweep among the first-run weekly hours, averaging a 3.0 in households. That’s a dip of 3% from last May, but ET Weekend scored a 3.2 in the sweep’s final weekend, giving it a 14% bump from the prior week.
NBC Universal’s Access Hollywood Weekend was second with a 1.9 sweep average, and was the only weekend hourly magazine to improve year to year, jumping 12%. Warner Bros.’ Extra! Weekend was unchanged from last year at a 1.7. MGM’s Stargate SG-1, in fourth place, averaged a 1.6, down 11% from last year. CBS Paramount’s Maximum Exposure scored a 1.4, unchanged from last year. And Warner Bros.’ Showtime at the Apollo averaged a 1.2, up 9% from last year.
Among the weekly half-hour first-runs, King World’s Wheel of Fortune Weekend scored a 3.9, up 8% from last May. That was followed by Buena Vista’s Ebert & Roeper at a 2.1, down 5% from last year, and CBS Paramount’s The Insider Weekend, in third place, up 11% year to year with a 2.0 average. King World’s Inside Edition Weekend was fourth at a 1.8, flat year to year. And NBC Universal’s The Chris Matthews Show at a 1.7 was down 6% from last year.
Among the off-net hours, the rookies were led by Twentieth’s 24 at a 2.2, down 12% from its October debut. Right behind 24 was Buena Vista’s Alias at a 2.1, down 16% from its debut, followed by Program Partners’ Da Vinci’s Inquest at a 1.7, up 21% from its debut. Also at a 1.7 was Warner Bros.’ Smallville, exactly even with its September debut, followed by CBS Paramount’s Star Trek: Enterprise at a 1.4, up 17% from its premiere. Stargate Atlantis tied with Enterprise at a 1.4 and was down 18% from its debut.
Only King World’s veteran CSI out-rated the rookie off-net dramas, scoring a 4.7. That’s down 10% from last year but still far outpacing the other off-net hours. Warner Bros.’ ER was in eighth place at a 1.2, off 25% from last year.
The winner among the 40 weekly off-net half-hours was Sony’s Seinfeld Weekend at a 4.5, down 17% from last year. Next in line was King World’s Everybody Loves Raymond Weekend with a 3.5, up 13% from last year. Sony’s King of Queens Weekend at a 2.1 was down 5%. Carsey-Werner’s That 70s Show Weekend averaged a 2.0, also down 5%. And Warner Bros.’ rookie, Sex and the City Weekend, averaged a 1.5.
Sweep results for the strips won’t be available until next week, although most stayed largely steady. The only strip to see a double-digit increase was Buena Vista’s canceled The Tony Danza Show, which was up 10% to a 1.1, but down 15% from last year.
Among the leading talkers, King World’s The Oprah Winfrey Show was flat week to week at a 7.2, although down 11% from last year. CBS Paramount’s Dr. Phil, the No. 2 talker, hit a 5.7 rating, the show’s second-highest rated week of the year. That was up 2% from the prior week but down 3% from last year at this time. Buena Vista’s Live with Regis and Kelly stayed in third place at a 3.4, unchanged from the prior week and off 6% from last year. And NBCU’s Maury at a 2.6 was unchanged week to week, but down 13% from a year ago.