National numbers for the new off-net sitcoms are much higher than their metered market averages for the week ending Sept. 25.
The second week of the new season saw Dr. Phil remain the No. 1 syndicated talk show, while magazines flourished with coverage of the Emmy Awards, and new off-net sitcoms Big Bang Theory and 30 Rock had strong debuts.
Dr. Phil (CTD) scored a 3.1 national rating in the week ending Sept 25, its second-best performance since the May sweep. Although that was off 21% from the show’s headline-making premiere week that featured the first interview with the parents of Casey Anthony, it was still up 24% from last year at this time.
In second place, Dr. Oz (Sony) inched up 3% to a 3.0; Live with Regis and Kelly (Disney-ABC) added 8% to a 2.7; Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) was flat at a 2.3; and Maury (NBCU), in its season-premiere week, was unchanged at a 2.2.
The Doctors (CTD) improved 7% to a 1.6, its highest rating in 19 weeks. Rachael Ray (CTD) had the largest increase of any talker, surging 15% to a 1.5, its strongest showing in four months; while Jerry Springer (NBCU) stayed at a 1.5.
Anderson (WBDTD) made its first appearance on the chart at a 1.4 national rating, which was the second-biggest opener for a new talk show since 2006. Only Dr. Oz’s 2009 debut was higher. The newcomer, which had its premiere week reprocessed, was the top-rated rookie in first run by a wide margin.
Excused (CTD), a new dating in latenight time periods, held steady at a 0.6, and in daytime new talker Jeremy Kyle (Debmar) debuted at a 0.5 and We the People with Gloria Allred (Entertainment Studios) was unchanged at a 0.4.
In access, extensive coverage of the Sept. 18 Emmy Awards sparked the mags, with leader Entertainment Tonight (CTD) jumping 9 from the prior session to a 3.7, its biggest rating in 18 weeks. ET spiked 18% to a 4.0 for its Emmy show on Monday, Sept. 19.
Inside Edition (CTD) was up 3% to a second-place 3.1; Access Hollywood (NBCU) and TMZ (WBDTD) held firm at 2.0 and 1.9, respectively; The Insider (CTD) spiked 13% to a 1.7, its highest rating since May; and Extra (WBDTD) remained at a 1.6 in households, while winning its 7 p.m. time period in New York in the key women 25-54 demo.
Judge Judy (CTD) was once again the top-rated show in all of syndication and the highest-rated court show, growing 2% to a 6.7 in households and 20% among women 18-34.
Second-place courtroom Judge Joe Brown (CTD) dipped 3% to a 2.8; People’s Court (WBDTD) lost 5% to a 1.9; and Judge Mathis (WBDTD) was flat at a 1.6.
Among game shows, Wheel of Fortune (CTD) tacked on 8% to a 6.6; Jeopardy (CTD) rebounded 17% to a 5.4; Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) advanced 8% to a 2.8; and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) picked up 4% to a 2.5.
Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) continued to lead the off-net sitcoms, edging up 2% to a 6.5. Family Guy (Twentieth) was unchanged at a 4.0, How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) declined 11% to a 3.2; Seinfeld (Sony) stayed at a 2.5; while Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD) sank 13% to a 2.1 and King fell 9% to a 2.1.
Among the new off-net sitcoms, Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) and 30 Rock (NBCU) premiered with much higher than expected numbers nationally. Big Bang debuted with a sparkling 4.5 in mostly prime access slots, which was up 165% from its metered market average for the same week.
30 Rock scored an impressive 1.4 in mostly lower rated late fringe time periods, which was up 75% from its metered market average for the week. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Twentieth), which also aired in late fringe, premiered at a 1.2 and Till Death (Sony) dropped 17% to a 0.5 in its second week.
Criminal Minds (CTD) led the off-net weekly hours with an unchanged 2.8; Law & Order (NBCU) was second with a 2.7; Monk (NBCU) was down 8% from the week before to a 2.4; Numbers (CTD) added 11% to a 2.1, tying Without a Trace (WBDTD), which was unchanged at a 2.1, and Bones (Twentieth) which was up 5% to a 2.1.