His final week on Live with Regis and Kelly drives the talk show up 40% from the previous week and 75% from a year earlier to a new season high 4.2 rating, thanks in large part to a 6.7 rating for Philbin’s emotional farewell on Nov. 18.
Regis Philbin’s final appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly (Disney-ABC) after being its host for 28-and-a-half years, catapulted the show past usual talk leader Dr. Phil (CTD) and into the top spot among gab fests for the week ending Nov. 20.
The last week of the Regis era was up 40% from the previous session and up 75% from last year to a new season high 4.2 rating, thanks in large part to a 6.7 rating for Philbin’s emotional farewell on Nov. 18.
Dr. Phil, which has been the No. 1 talk show for 8 of the past 10 weeks this season, dipped 3% to a second-place 3.2, although up 10% from last year at this time. Dr. Oz (Sony) ticked up 4% to a 2.8; Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) was unchanged at a 2.5; while Maury (NBCU) grew 4% to a 2.4.
Slow rollout Access Hollywood Live (NBCU), which is not yet nationally rated, clocked a 0.8 rating/3 share, which held steady week to week in its metered markets in household share, while seeing a 33% increase among women 18-49.
In the third week of the November sweep, Judge Judy (CTD) more than doubled the rating of any other court show with a 3% improvement to a new season high 7.4. Judge Joe Brown (CTD) grew 4% to a second-place 2.9; People’s Court (WBDTD) and Judge Alex (Twentieth) were flat at 2.1 and 1.7, respectively; while Judge Mathis (WBDTD) added 6% to a 1.7.
Among newcomers Anderson (WBDTD) matched its season high with an 8% jump to a 1.4 after spiking 15% to a 1.5 on Nov. 15 with a show on the Penn State scandal. Further back, Jeremy Kyle (Debmar-Mercury) and We the People with Gloria Allred (Entertainment Studios) were unchanged at 0.6 and 0.4, respectively.
Excused (CTD), the new latenight dating show, slipped 14% from its season high in the previous frame to a 0.6.
Rookie off-net sitcom Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) advanced 7% from the week before to a new season high 6.4 and tied Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) for the first time. 30, which airs mostly in lower-rated late fringe time periods, held firm at a 1.4; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Twentieth) was flat at a 1.2; while Till Death (Sony) dropped 14% to a 0.6.
Among the veteran off-net sitcoms, Two and a Half Men fell 3% to a 6.4; Family Guy (Twentieth) grew 5% to a new season high 4.2; How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) was up 3% to a 3.4; Seinfeld (Sony) spurted 8% to a new season high 2.7; while Friends (WBDTD) remained at a 2.4.
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) reached a milestone, notching its 800th consecutive week as the No. 1 magazine show, despite dipping 2% from its season high the week before to a 4.0. Inside Edition (CTD) edged ahead 3% to a new season high 3.3; Access Hollywood (NBCU) climbed 5% to a 2.1 in households and shot up 17% among women 18-34; TMZ (WBDTD) was also up 5%, to a 2.1; The Insider (CTD) was unchanged at a 1.8, although its The Insider Weekend surged 18% to a new season high 1.3; while Extra (WBDTD) held steady at a 1.7.
Among games, both Wheel of Fortune (CTD) and Jeopardy (CTD) were flat at 7.6 and 6.3, respectively. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) faded 6% to a 3.0; while Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) was unchanged at a 2.5.
Off-Net Weekly Hours
Criminal Minds (CTD) was flat at a 3.1, but found itself leading the off-net weekly hours as previous topper Law & Order (NBCU) sank 23% to a 2.7. Without a Trace (WBDTD) rose 4% to a 2.4; Monk (NBCU) was unchanged at a 2.4; while Numbers (CTD) equaled its prior week’s 2.2, tying The Closer (WBDTD), which weakened 12% to a 2.2, and Cold Case (WBDTD), which was down 4% to a 2.2.