The entertainment mags realize week-to-week and year-to-year ratings gains in the week ending Dec. 13. It was an all-around good week in syndication, with many shows across all genres posting increases and/or season highs.
Tiger Woods and his troubles sent ratings for syndicated magazine show right through the roof in the week ending Dec. 13. Still, Entertainment Tonight (CTD) rose to the occasion and rolled over the magazine field for a milestone 700th consecutive week.
ET carded a new season high 4.8 rating and averaged about 7 million viewers per show, up 9% from the week before and up 12% from last year, topping its nearest rival, Inside Edition (CTD), by 33% in household ratings.
Inside Edition, meanwhile, was up 13% for the week and 20% from last year to a new season high 3.6, following a stumble in the prior week.
Access Hollywood (NBCU) climbed 9% for the week to a new season high 2.4 and was up 20% from last year at this time; TMZ (WBDTD) added 5% both week to week and year to year to a new season high 2.2; Extra (WBDTD) had a 17% increase to a new season high 2.1 and improved 24% from last year at this time; and The Insider (CTD) grew 6% to a 1.9, matching its previous season high, while its weekly The Insider Weekend jumped 30%, the most growth of any first-run weekly, to a 1.3.
Among talk shows, Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) had its best week ever, surging 17% to a new series high 2.8 and peaking at a 3.0 on Dec. 9 with guests Howie Mandel and Marie Osmond. Compared to last year, the popular yakker, which premiered in September 2003, was up 12%.
Live with Regis and Kelly (Disney-ABC) hit a new season high 2.9 with a gain of 7%. On the other hand, Oprah (CTD) eroded 9% to a 4.2 and Dr. Phil (CTD)
slipped 3% to a 2.9.
The Doctors (CTD) remained firm at a 2.0; Rachael Ray (CTD) spiked 40% in the women 18-34 demo and was up 12% in households to a 1.9; and Maury (NBCU) saw a 6% uptick to a 1.9.
Rookie leader The Office (NBCU) remained at its series high 3.1, while off-net contenders My Name is Earl (Twentieth) was flat at a 1.9 and Everybody Hates Chris (CTD) fell 10% to a 1.8.
In first-run, Dr. Oz (Sony), which lost ground in the prior week, was up 4% to a 1.7; Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Twentieth) stalled at a 1.6; Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) moved up 18% to a 1.3 and notched a 25% jump among women 18-34 and a 38% rise in women 25-54; and Street Court (Litton) was flat at a 0.6.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) was the hot game show of the week, jumping 13% to a new season high 2.7 and growing 4% from last year. Leader Wheel of Fortune (CTD) inched up 3% to a 7.5; Jeopardy! (CTD) also added 3% to a 6.3; Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) perked up 8% to a new season high 1.4; and Deal or No Deal (NBCU) advanced 8% to a 1.3.
Judge Judy (CTD) was the highest-rated first-run show in daytime for a third-straight week with a 2% increase to a 4.7, beating Oprah by 12%. Judy was also the only court show up over last year, growing 2%.
Judge Joe Brown (CTD) was flat at a 2.2; People’s Court (WBDTD) dropped 5% to a 2.0; Judge Alex (Twentieth) brought his gavel down on a 14% increase to a new season high 1.6, tying Judge Mathis (WBDTD), which was flat at a 1.6; Divorce Court (Twentieth) was unchanged at a 1.4; and Judge Jeanine Piero (WBDTD) remained at a 1.0 for a third straight week.
Off-net sitcoms were narrowly mixed. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) was down 2% to a 5.1; Family Guy (Twentieth) fell 3% to a 3.4; Seinfeld (Sony) was up 4% to a 2.8; George Lopez Show (WBDTD) gave back 7% to a 2.6; and Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD) was unchanged at a 2.4.
Off-Net Weekly Hours
Off-net weekly hours were mostly flat to down. CSI: NY (CTD) was unchanged at a 3.5, but well ahead of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU), which tumbled 13% to a second-place 2.8. CSI: Miami (CTD) lost 4% to a 2.3; House (NBCU) remained on the market at an unchanged 2.2; Bones (Twentieth) was down 9% to a 2.1; and Grey’s Anatomy (Disney-ABC) came in flat at a 1.9.