It’s the only genre to post across-the-board gains for the week ended July 30. Others with a good week include Geraldo, Family Feud.
All four of the syndicated magazines gained ground from last year in the week ending July 30, making the magazines syndication’s only genre to see an across-the-board improvement.
CBS Paramount’s Entertainment Tonight, the No. 1 magazine, was unchanged at a 4.4, but was up 7% for the year. King World’s Inside Edition at a 3.1 was also even on the week and up 7% from last year. CBS Paramount’s The Insider was up 4% to a 2.4 and also up 4% from last year. NBC Universal’s Access Hollywood at a 2.3 was up 5% both week to week and year to year. Only Warner Bros.’ Extra! failed to see year-to-year gains, holding steady at a 1.9 but dipping 5% from last year.
Among the talkers, King World’s Oprah stayed on top at a 5.6, up 6% on the week but down 2% from last year. King World’s Dr. Phil at a 4.3 was down 2% for the week and but up 2% the year. Dr Phil and Warner Bros.’ Ellen were the only talkers to increase over last year.
Buena Vista’s Live with Regis and Kelly at a 3.2 was up 3% for the week, but down 3% from last year. NBC Universal’s Maury at a 2.7 was uncha nged for the week but down 10% from last year. CBS Paramount’s Montel Williams moved into fifth place at a 2.0, up 5% for the week but down 5% from last year. NBC Universal’s Jerry Springer at a 1.9 dropped 5% for the week and 14% for the year. Warner Bros.’ Ellen at a 1.7 was unchanged for the week and up 6% for the year.
Among the rookies, Warner Bros.’ Tyra Banks beat NBCU’s Martha for the ninth straight week. At a 1.6, Tyra was up 7%, while Martha at a 1.2 was down 8%.
Another rookie, Twentieth’s Judge Alex, was the only show in daytime to drop to a new series low, dipping 5% to a 1.8.
On the other end of the scale, Twentieth’s Geraldo at Large was up 5% to a 2.2 rating/5 share for its metered-market primary runs. That was Geraldo’s best performance since late June.
None of the court shows were up from the prior week, although two of them, Warner Bros.’ People’s Court and Sony’s Judge Hatchett were up over last year. CBS Paramount’s Judge Judy continues to lead the pack. At a 4.5, Judy was unchanged for the week and the year. In second place, CBS Paramount’s Judge Joe Brown at a 2.9 was unchanged from the prior week but down 9% from the past year. In third place, Warner Bros.’ People’s Court was unchanged at a 2.7 but up 4% from last year. Twentieth’s Divorce Court at a 2.4 was down 4% for the week and 8% for the year. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis at a 2.3 was down 4% for the week and the year. Judge Hatchett at a 1.7 was unchanged for the week and up 6% from last year.
The game shows were little changed. The only game that was up from last year was Tribune’s Family Feud. King World’s Wheel of Fortune was the top game at a 7.0, unchanged for the week, but down 4% from last year. King World’s Jeopardy! at a 5.8 was up 2% for the week but down 3% from last year. Buena Vista’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire at a 3.0 was up 3% for the week and flat on the year. And Family Feud at a 2.2 was even with the prior week and up 5% from last year.
Among the weekly rookie off-net dramas, Buena Vista’s Alias dropped from first place to a tie for third, dipping 16% to a 1.6. That tied it with Program Partners’ DaVinci’s Inquest, which was down 6%. Taking over the top spot among the rookie weeklies was Twentieth’s 24, up 6% to a 1.9, followed by Warner Bros.’ Smallville, down 6% to a 1.7.
King World’s CSI remains the top off-net drama overall. At a 4.5, the show was up 7% for the week and 10% for the year.
Among the off-net sitcoms, King World’s Everybody Loves Raymond was up 4% to a 5.2 and down 9% from last year. Sony’s Seinfeld at a 4.6 was down 2% on the week and 13% from last year. Warner Bros.’ Friends at a 3.9 ticked up 8% for the week, but is still down 25% from last year. Out of the top 10 sitcoms, Warner Bros.’ Will & Grace experienced the biggest decline at a 1.8, unchanged for the week but dropping 31% for the year.