The weekly dramas did much better overall than most of the other syndicated entries in the rerun-filled Memorial Day week ending June 3.
Most syndicated show took a breather and went into reruns in the week ending June 3, the first full week following the May sweep. In addition, many families stayed away from their sets observing the Memorial Day holiday on May 28.
For example, the first-run strip with the biggest increase, by far, from the week before, was the recently renewed latenight dating show Excused (CTD), which improved 17% to a 0.7, its highest rating in 10 weeks.
In daytime, Dr. Phil (CTD) was mostly in repeats, but still topped the talkers for the 31st time this season, despite declining 17% to a 2.5. Dr. Oz (Sony) was down 8% from the prior session to a 2.4; Live with Kelly (Disney-ABC), in originals all week, edged ahead 4% to a 2.4; Maury (NBCU) lost 4% to a fourth-place 2.3; and The Ellen DeGeneres Show (WBDTD) sank 17% to a 2.0.
Anderson (WBDTD), the season’s rookie champion, held steady at a 1.4; while Jeremy Kyle (Debmar-Mercury) and We the People with Gloria Allred (Entertainment Studios) were flat at 0.5 and 0.4, respectively.
Among court shows, Judge Judy (CTD) dipped 6% from the previous week to a 6.2; Judge Joe Brown (CTD) dropped 8% to a 2.4; People’s Court (WBDTD) fell 5% to a 1.9; and Judge Mathis (WBDTD) and Judge Alex (Twentieth) were unchanged at 1.5 and 1.4, respectively.
All the magazines were down week to week. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) continued to lead, although it slipped 8% to a new season low 3.3. Inside Edition (CTD) weakened 7% to a 2.8; TMZ (WBDTD) slumped 5% to a 1.9; Access Hollywood (NBCU) was off 11% to a 1.7; The Insider (CTD) retreated 7% to a 1.4; and Extra (WBDTD), which did not air in 16 markets due mainly to Stanley Cup hockey coverage, took a 13% ratings hit down to a 1.4.
Game shows also had a tepid week. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) faded 5% to a 6.1; Jeopardy (CTD) stumbled 5% to a 5.2; while Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) were flat at 3.1 and 2.4, respectively.
Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) ruled the off-net sitcoms, but was down 3% to a 6.3. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) was unchanged at a 5.2; Family Guy (Twentieth) fell 3% to a 3.6; How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) rose 4% to a 2.8; Seinfeld (Sony) stayed at a 2.4; while King was down 8% to a 2.3.
Off-Net Weekly Hours
Off-net weekly hours were a bright spot for the most part. Criminal Minds (CTD) set the pace after rebounding 12% from the week before to a 2.8. Monk (NBCU) made it close with an 8% gain to a 2.6, tying Without a Trace (WBDTD), which surged 18% to a 2.6. On the other hand, Law & Order (NBCU) eroded 21% to a 2.3 and landed in a tie with The Closer (WBDTD), which climbed 15% to a 2.3.