But Dr. Phil bounced back in the week ended July 1 to take the top talk spot after giving it up a week before to Maury. Newcomer Bethenny continued to shine in it six-week test run, driving up its household and female demo numbers.
Dr. Phil (CTD) bucked a syndication downtrend and was back on top of the talkers for the 13th time in the past 14 weeks. Meanwhile, ratings for many shows dipped in the week ending July 1 due, in part, to preemptions on June 25 and 28 for coverage of Supreme Court rulings on the Arizona immigration law and ObamaCare.
In addition, many viewers in the East and Midwest were without power due to storms on June 29.
After a one-week absence, Dr. Phil returned to talk show supremacy for the 34th time this season, growing 4% from the prior session, and 19% from last year at this time, to a 2.5 national rating.
Maury (NBCU), which enjoyed a week in the sun in the previous frame, declined 4% to a 2.4. Live with Kelly (Disney-ABC), the only nationally rated taker besides Dr. Phil to improve from the week before, added 5% to a 2.3; Dr. Oz (Sony) was flat at a fourth-place 2.2; while The Ellen DeGeneres Show (WBDTD) tumbled 6% to a new season low 1.6.
Red hot newcomer Bethenny (WBDTD) continued to outperform in the fourth week of its six-week trial run. It climbed 25% in households from its average lead-in and 43% from its year-ago time periods to a 1.0 rating/3 share in its six metered markets, and clocked year-to-year double- or triple-digit increases in every key female demo.
Among the nationally rated rookies, Anderson (WBDTD) was preempted on one or more days in 29 different markets during the week and lost 15% to a 1.1. Jeremy Kyle (Debmar-Mercury) was unchanged at a 0.5; Jeremy Kyle (Debmar-Mercury) faded 20% to a 0.4; while in latenight, Excused (CTD) held steady at a 0.6.
Court show leader Excused (CTD) continued to rule all first-run syndication, despite dipping 2% to a 6.1. Judge Joe Brown (CTD) fell 4% to a 2.3; People’s Court (WBDTD) slid 5% to a 1.9; while Judge Mathis (WBDTD) was flat at a 1.4.
Among magazines, Extra (WBDTD) had the biggest week-to-week and year-to-year increases, scoring a 1.5, which was up 7% from the prior week, and up 17% from last year. Moreover, Extra Weekend clocked a 1.1, which was up 38% week to week and 57% from last year at this time.
Leader Entertainment Tonight (CTD) and Inside Edition (CTD) held steady at 3.3 and 2.8, respectively; TMZ (WBDTD) added 6% to a 1.9; while Access Hollywood (NBCU) and The Insider (CTD) held firm at 1.8 and 1.4, respectively.
Among game shows, Wheel of Fortune (CTD) stabilized, remaining unchanged at a 5.8 after skidding to new season lows in the previous two weeks. Jeopardy (CTD) inched up 2% to a 5.2; Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) was flat at a 3.2; and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) weakened 12% to a 2.2.
In off-sitcom action, freshman Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) led the category, but softened 2% to a 6.2; Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) advanced 4% to a 5.2; Family Guy (Twentieth) rose 8% to a 4.3; How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) grew 11% to a 3.0; King of the Hill (Twentieth) was flat at a 2.4; and Seinfeld (Sony) slipped 4% to a 2.2.
Among rookie strips, 30 Rock (NBCU) had the only gain, rallying 9% to a 1.2.
Off-Net Weekly Hours
Monk (NBCU) moved up 17% to a 2.8 and led the off-net weekly hours for the first time since the week of Sept. 5, 2011. Criminal Minds (CTD) dropped 4% to a second-place 2.7; Law & Order (NBCU) was unchanged at a 2.5; while Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBCU) sank 14% to a 2.4; and Without a Trace (WBDTD) erased 8% of its rating, leaving it at a 2.3.