Other first-run shows doing well in the week ending July 15 were Excused, Bethenny, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.
News of the Tom Curise-Katie Holmes divorce settlement sent ratings for every one of the syndicated magazines skyward in the week ending July 15. Coincidently, dating show Excused (CTD) had easily the largest week-to-week increase of any strip in first-run syndication. The show, with host Iliza Shlesinger, jumped 40% to a 0.7, its best performance in four weeks.
Magazine leader Entertainment Tonight (CTD) hit its highest ratings since May, with a 6% surge from the week before to a 3.6. Inside Edition (CTD) added 7% to a 3.0; TMZ (WBDTD) recovered 6% to a 1.8, tying Access Hollywood (NBCU), which grew 6% to a 1.8 in households and increased 13% among women 18-49; The Insider (CTD) improved 7% to a 1.5, tying Extra (WBDTD), which also clocked a 1.5, up 7% in households and up 17% among women 18-49.
In daytime, most of the top-tier talk shows were flat to down. Leader Dr. Phil (CTD) aired several reruns and dipped 4% from the week before to a new season low 2.3, but still landed in a tie with Maury (NBCU) and Dr. Oz (Sony) for the top spot. Maury was unchanged at a 2.3, while Oz inched up 5% to a 2.3.
Live with Kelly (Disney-ABC) dropped 4% to a 2.2; The Ellen DeGeneres Show (WBDTD) eroded 7% to a 1.6; with The Doctors (CTD) right behind, remaining steady at a 1.5.
Newcomer Bethenny (WBDTD) concluded its successful six-week summer trial run with double- or triple-digit growth in every key female demographic compared to its July 2011 time period averages. In terms of households, Bethenny outperformed its lead-ins by 11% and its year-ago time periods by 43%, averaging 1.0 rating/3 share in its six metered markets.
Anderson (WBDTD) eased 8% to a 1.1, but still led the first-run, nationally rated freshmen strips for the 44th week in a row. 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, daytime queen Judge Judy (CTD) was far in front despite taking a 2% breather from the prior frame to a 5.9. Judge Joe Brown (CTD) held steady at a 2.4; People’s Court (WBDTD) tumbled 10% to 1,8; Judge Mathis (WBDTD) was unchanged at a 1.5; while Judge Alex (Twentieth) fell 7% to a 1.3.
Back in access, Wheel of Fortune (CTD) rebounded 7% from its season low in the prior session to a 6.0. Jeop tacked on 6% to a 5.2; while Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) were flat at 3.0 and 2.3, respectively.
In off-net syndication, sitcom topper Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) spiked 9% from the week before to a 6.2. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) advanced 4% to a 5.1; Family Guy (Twentieth) gained 5% to a 4.0; How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) soared 26% to a 2.9; Seinfeld (Sony) spurted 9% to a 2.4, tying King of the Hill (Twentieth), which climbed 14% to a 2.4.
Off-Net Weekly Hours
Among off-net weekly hours, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBCU) strengthened 13% from the week before to a 2.6 and headed the category along with Without a Trace (WBDTD), which slipped 4% to a 2.6. Criminal Minds (CTD) faded 11% to a 2.5 and landed in a tie with Monk (NBCU), which was down 7% to a 2.5, and Law & Order (NBCU), which was unchanged at a 2.5.