The new distribution-challenged news magazine manages a 1.6 national household rating for the week ending Sept. 17. Another Twentieth product, Christina’s Court is second among the week’s syndication newcomers with a 1.3.
After a slow roll-out in the metered markets last year, Twentieth’s news magazine, Geraldo at Large, got off to an okay national start in the week ending Sept. 17.
Geraldo, which Fox TV Stations CEO Roger Ailes has vowed to stick with, scored a 1.6 household rating, according to Nielsen’s live plus same day ratings.
Geraldo is distribution-challenged. Thus far, the show is cleared in only 75% of the country—a low number compared to traditional national clearances of 85% to 95%—and it’s cleared mainly in late fringe in the top 50 markets.
Twentieth’s Cristina’s Court was the week’s second-highest rookie debut, debuting with a 1.3 in 88% of the country. Next in line came another judge, Sony’s Judge Maria Lopez, which premiered with a 1.0 in 88% of the country.
Sony’s new talk show, Greg Behrendt, was able to manage only a 0.9 in 89% of the country.
Finally, the ratings for Warner Bros.’ Dr. Keith Ablow were reprocessed by Nielsen, so no rating was available. Still, Ablow’s first-week metered market numbers were low.
Among the new off-net sitcoms, Twentieth’s Still Standing premiered with a 1.3 in 96% of the U.S. CBS Paramount’s One on One opened with a 0.9 in 83% of the country.
Meanwhile, after her first week out, King World’s freshman talker Rachael Ray looks like a star, turning in the highest-rated first week of any show in first-run since King World’s Dr. Phil premiered in 2002.
In the metered markets, Rachael Ray averaged a 2.6/9, up 13% from its lead-in of 2.3/8 and up 24% over its year-ago time period average of 2.1/7.
Meanwhile, NBC Universal’s Megan Mullally struggled, averaging a 1.0/3 in the metered markets, down 17% from its lead in of 1.2/4 and down 29% from its year-ago time period average of 1.4/5.
In weekly rookie news, King World’s CSI: Miami debuted with a 4.2, cleared in 98% of the country. That was good enough for the show to take the number-one spot among the weekend off-net dramas.
Among the returning shows, the week’s strongest genre continued to be the magazines, most of which improved for the week and year.
CBS Paramount’s Entertainment Tonight was up for the fifth consecutive week, gaining 4% to a 5.1, the show’s highest rating in 24 weeks, and jumping 16% over last year at this time.
King World’s Inside Edition was up 3% to a 3.4 on the week and up 10% year to year.
CBS Paramount’s The Insider was up 8% to a 2.7, the show’s best number in 17 weeks and up 8% over last year.
NBCU’s Access Hollywood jumped 4% to a 2.6 and was up 24% from last year.
And Warner Bros.’ Extra! was up 10% to a 2.2 and held steady with last year.
During the week ending Sept. 17, the syndicated magazines were covering the mysterious death of Anna Nicole Smith’s son in a Bahamas’ hospital.
Among the talk shows, Warner Bros.’ Tyra Banks was syndication’s Most Improved, with the biggest year-to-year increase of any first-run strip. At a 1.5, Tyra’s second-season premiere jumped 36% versus last year and 7% versus last week.
Comparatively, NBC U’s Martha, also entering its second season, scored a 1.3. That was up 8% for the week, but down 35% from the show’s debut.
The only other talk show that managed a year-to-year gain was Buena Vista’s Live with Regis and Kelly, which, at a 3.3, was up 3% from last year, but down 3% from last week. Warner Bros.’ Ellen Degeneres held steady with last year at a 2.2, gaining 5% from the prior week.
The other talk shows were still in repeats. King World’s talk-show leader, Oprah, averaged a 5.6, up 6% for the week but down 13% from last year. Dr. Phil at a 4.6 was up 10% on the week, but down 8% from last year.
NBC U’s Maury was down 5% to a 2.0, and down 26% from last year. CBS Paramount’s Montel Williams at a 1.6 was down 11% for the week and 20% from last year. NBC U’s Jerry Springer at a 1.5 was unchanged week to week, but down 25% from last year.
Among the court shows, CBS Paramount’s Judge Judy scored rated a 4.4 for its 11th season premiere, up 5% for the week and down 2% from last year. In second place, CBS Paramount’s Judge Joe Brown premiered its ninth season at a 2.8, falling 7% for the week and 13% from last year.
Right on Joe’s heels, Warner Bros.’ People’s Court at a 2.7 was up 8% for the week and unchanged from last year. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis at a 2.3 was unchanged for the week and down 4% from last year. Twentieth’s Divorce Court, facing a weaker line-up and a new judge in former Cleveland municipal court judge Lynn Toler, scored a 2.1 in its eighth-season premiere, down 16% for the week and year.
Twentieth’s Judge Alex, entering its second season, at a 1.9 was down 10% both week to week and year to year, and Sony’s Judge Hatchett at a 1.4 was down 13% for the week and 22% from last year.
Among the games, only Buena Vista’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire showed year-to-year improvement, premiering its fifth season with a 3.0, up 7% for the week and year.
King World’s game show leader, Wheel of Fortune, at a 7.3 was up 7% for the week but down 1% from last year. King World’s Jeopardy! at a 5.6 jumped 12% for the week but fell 3% from last year.
In fourth place, Tribune’s Family Feud with new host John O’Hurley at a 1.7 dropped 6% for the week and was unchanged from last year.
The off-net sitcoms continued to plunge year to year. King World’s Everybody Loves Raymond was the top off-net sitcom at a 4.9, unchanged for the week and down 17% from last year. Sony’s Seinfeld at a 4.6 was up 5% for the week but down 15% from last year. And Warner Bros.’ Friends at a 3.6 was down 3% for the week and down 25% from last year.