All the game shows post losses, as were most magazines, talk shows, courtrooms. The few gainers included Entertainment Tonight, TMZ, Maury and a couple off-net sitcoms.
Preemptions for President Obama’s Afghanistan press conference and warmer weather sapped the ratings of most syndicated shows in the week ending May 6, which marked the first full week of the May sweep.
In access, all the game shows were down. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) weakened 4% from the prior session to a 6.4 and finished third overall on the syndication chart, following Judge Judy (CTD) and Big Bang Theory (WBDTD). Jeopardy (CTD) also sank 4% to a 5.5; Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) faded 3% to a 2.9; and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) lost 4% to a 2.5.
Magazine leader Entertainment Tonight (CTD), which just celebrated its 8,000th episode, was one of the few to buck the downtrend, improving 3% to a 3.6 in households and 14% in the women 18-49 demo. IE dropped 3% to a 3.0; TMZ added 5% to a 2.0; AH dipped 6% to a 1.7; Inside Edition (CTD) stayed at a 1.6; Extra (WBDTD) was unchanged at a 1.5, although its Extra Weekend grew 13% to a 0.9.
In daytime, Dr. Phil (CTD) was the No. 1 talker for 27th time this season, despite giving back 3% to a 2.9. Dr. Oz (Sony) was flat at a 2.7; Maury (NBCU) pushed ahead 4% to a 2.4; while Live with Kelly (Disney-ABC) fell 4% to a 2.3 and landed in a fourth place tie with Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD), which eroded 4% to a 2.3.
Anderson (WBDTD), which was just nominated for Emmy Awards as Outstanding Informative Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host, slipped 13% to a 1.3 after being partially or completely preempted in 13 markets. Jeremy Kyle (Debmar-Mercury) and We the People with Gloria Allred (Entertainment Studios) were unchanged at 0.6 and 0.4, respectively; while in latenight, Excused (CTD) held firm at a 0.6.
Access Hollywood Live (NBCU), which is not yet nationally cleared, was unchanged from last year at a 0.9 rating/3 share in its 17 cities, but was up by double digits in four of its seven largest markets, including a 100% increase in Houston.
Top gaveler Judge Judy (CTD) was the highest rated show in first run, and tied off-net sitcom Big Bang as the overall leader in syndication, holding steady at a 6.8. Judge Joe Brown (CTD) was the No. 2 courtroom, slipping 7% to a 2.5; People’s Court (WBDTD) declined 5% to a 1.9; Judge Alex (Twentieth) deteriorated 13% to a 1.4, tying Divorce Court (Twentieth) and Judge Mathis (WBDTD), which both moved 7% lower to a 1.4.
In off-net syndication, Big Bang rebounded 5% from the week before to a 6.8, tying Judge Judy at the top of the rankings. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) was unchanged at 5.5; Family Guy (Twentieth) retreated 2% to a 4.0; How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) advanced 4% to a 2.7; while Seinfeld (Sony) slumped 4% to a 2.4, tying King of the Hill (Twentieth), which rose 9% to a new season high 2.4. 30 Rock (NBCU) was the No.2 new sitcom following Big Bang with an 8% gain to a 1.3 in late fringe. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Twentieth) declined 8% to a 1.1, while Till Death (Sony) was flat at a 0.6.
Off-Net Weekly Hours
In off-net weekly hour action, Criminal Minds (CTD) and Law & Order (NBCU) were unchanged at 3.0 and 2.9, respectively. Monk (NBCU) tumbled 12% to a 2.2; Numbers (CTD) was in the minus column, fading 5% to a 2.1; while Cold Case (WBDTD) remained frozen at a 2.1.