Three strips and two off-net sitcoms make their debuts. More will premiere over the next two weeks.
This year’s batch of new syndicated shows are slowly rolling out this month, with three strips—Warner Bros.’ Dr. Keith Ablow, Twentieth’s Cristina’s Court and Sony’s Judge Maria Lopez—and two off-net sitcoms—Twentieth’s Still Standing and CBS Paramount’s One on One—all premiering Monday.
None were off to auspicious starts, but of the five, Cristina’s Court turned in the highest ratings.
The show, executive produced by A Current Affair’s Peter Brennan, averaged a 1.3/4 in its 50 metered markets, according to Nielsen’s weighted metered market averages. That was even with its lead-in and up 8% from its September 2005 time period average of 1.2/4.
Still, Cristina struggled in its biggest market, Los Angeles, where it airs at noon on Fox-owned KCOP, a My Network TV affiliate. There, Cristina averaged a 0.2/1 for the hour, barely making it on to the ratings sheet. Meanwhile, the show performed best in Birmingham, Ala., (market 40) where it won its 2:30 p.m. time period on Fox’s WBRC with a 5.8/12, leading out of CBS Paramount’s Judge Joe Brown.
Neither Cristina’s Court nor Keith Ablow aired in New York due to fifth-anniversary coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Ablow, the lone talk show to debut yesterday, got off to a shaky start, scoring a 0.9 rating/3 share in its 52 metered markets. That’s down 18% from its average lead-in of 1.1/4 and 31% from its year-ago time period average of 1.3/4.
In fact, Ablow did not break a 1.0 household rating in any of its top seven markets. The show fared best in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (DMA 29), where it won its 10 a.m. time period on Capitol Broadcasting’s WRAL, a CBS affiliate, with a 3.5/11, leading out of King World’s Dr. Phil at 9 a.m.
Sony’s Judge Maria Lopez averaged a 0.9/3 in 54 metered markets, but was even with its lead-in and up 13% from its year-ago time period average of 0.8/2. In Memphis (DMA 44), Lopez won its time slot with a 2.6/7 at midnight on Clear Channel’s WLMT.
Two off-net strips also started on Monday, Warner Bros.’ Still Standing and CBS Paramount’s One on One.
Both shows got off to weak starts. One on One averaged a 0.8/2 in 43 metered markets, down 11% from its lead-in of 0.9/3 and year-ago time period average of 0.9/2. Like Lopez, One on One performed best in Memphis, where it finished third at 10:30 p.m. on Fox’s WHBQ with a 5.0/9.
Likewise, Still Standing opened with a 0.8/2 in 48 metered markets, down 11% from its lead-in of 0.9/2 and down 20% from its year-ago time period average of 1.0/2. Still Standing performed best in Phoenix (DMA 14), where it won its 11:30 p.m. time slot on Fox’s KSAZ with a 3.1/10.
The rest of syndication premieres over the next two weeks. Sony’s Greg Behrendt premiered today, while arguably the two biggest syndie strips of this season, NBC Universal’s Megan Mullally and King World’s Rachel Ray, premiere next Monday. And two more off-net sitcoms, Buena Vista’s According to Jim and Scrubs debut next Monday as well.