The No. 1 court show is also syndication’s top performer as the first week of the November sweep comes to a close on Oct. 30. The strong showing came despite competition from World Series baseball, which preempted Judy and other strips in some markets, and an early snowstorm that knocked out power in parts of the Northeast.
The November sweep (Oct. 27-Nov. 23) got underway with Judge Judy (CTD) scoring a new season high and shooting to the top of the syndication standings in the week ending Oct. 30.
The strong showing came despite competition from World Series baseball, which preempted Judy and other strips in some markets, and an early snowstorm that knocked out power in parts of the Northeast.
Judy led all shows in syndication with a 7.1 national rating, up 6 from the week before, and up 69 from last year at this time. On the first day of the sweep, Oct. 27, Judy clocked a 7.5, up 12% from the prior session.
Among other court shows, Judge Joe Brown (CTD) grew 4% to a 2.8; People’s Court (WBDTD) was unchanged at a 2.0; Judge Mathis (WBDTD) tacked on 6% to a 1.7; and Judge Alex (Twentieth) was flat at a 1.6.
Dr. Phil (CTD) was the No. 1 talk show for the sixth time in seven weeks, including one tie, with a 4% jump to a 2.9 in households, and a 29% spike among women 18-34. Dr. Oz (Sony) added 8% to a second-place 2.8; Live with Regis and Kelly (Disney-ABC) rose 4% to a 2.7 in the third-from-last week of co-host Regis Philbin’s long run; Maury (NBCU) was unchanged at a 2.3; and Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) picked up 5% to a 2.3.
Rachael Ray (CTD) had the biggest increase of any talker, surging 13% to a new season high 1.7. On Day 1 of the sweep, Ray cooked up a 20% increase to a 1.8 with an appearance by famous chef Emeril Lagasse.
The Doctors (CTD) improved 7% to a 1.5; while Jerry Springer (NBCU) also gained 7% to a 1.5 and rocketed up 43% among women 18-34.
In its 17 metered markets, slow rollout Access Hollywood Live (NBCU) held steady week to week with a 0.8 rating/3 share average while leaping 43% to a new season high 1.0/4 in Los Angeles.
Among the freshmen class, the show with the biggest increase by far was Excused (CTD), a new dating show in latenight, which surged 40% from the week before to a new season high 0.7 in households and saw double-digit gains in every key female demo.
Anderson (WBDTD), a new talk show, was preempted several times by World Series baseball and dipped 7% from its season high in the prior session to a 1.3. We the People with Gloria Allred (Entertainment Studios) was up 20% to a new season high 0.6; while Jeremy Kyle (Debmar-Mercury) was flat at a 0.5.
Rookie off-net sitcom Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) was unchanged at a 5.1; 30 Rock (NBCU), which airs in mostly lower rated late fringe time periods, remained at its season high 1.4; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Twentieth) was flat at a 1.2; while Till Death (Sony) was up 17% to a 0.7.
In access, Access Hollywood (NBCU) and The Insider (CTD) were the only magazines to outperform the previous week. Access Hollywood gained 6% in households to a 1.9, and 40% among women 18-34; The Insider climbed 6% in households to a 1.7, and 14% among women 18-49.
Mag leader Entertainment Tonight (CTD) gave back 3% from its season high the week before to a 3.8; Inside Edition (CTD) sank to a new season low, losing 9% to a 2.9; TMZ (WBDTD) was flat at a 1.8; while Extra (WBDTD) was preempted numerous times by the World Series but nevertheless held steady at a 1.5.
Among games, Wheel of Fortune (CTD) and Jeopardy (CTD) were unchanged at 7.0 and 5.9, respectively. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) finished up 7% at a new season high 3.0; and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) was up 4% to a new season high 2.6.
Among off-net sitcoms, Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) fell 2% to a 5.9; Family Guy (Twentieth) inched up 3% to a 3.9; How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) rose 6% to a 3.4; while Seinfeld (Sony) and Friends (WBDTD) both advanced 4% to a 2.5.
Off-Net Weekly Hours
Law & Order (NBCU) continued to top the off-net weekly hours with a 6% rise to a 3.3. Criminal Minds (CTD) followed with a 4% uptick to a 2.9; Without a Trace (WBDTD) spurted 24% to a new season high 2.6; Monk (NBCU) was flat at a 2.4; while Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBCU) spiked 21% to a new season high 2.3.