WEEKLY SYNDICATED RATINGS REPORT

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It pulls ahead of Wheel for only the second time in the last 10 years. Other first-run shows reporting gains in generally slow week include Extra, Steve Wilkos, The Test, Trisha and TMZ.  

Syndication entered the mid-summer dog days in the session ending Aug. 3, while Jeopardy pulled an upset and moved ahead of usual game show topper Wheel of Fortune for the second time in 10 weeks.

Wheel slid 3% from the prior frame to a 5.7 and fell behind Jeopardy for only the second time since September of 2004. Jeopardy was up 4% to a 5.8.

Elsewhere in access, Extra scored the largest increase among magazines, improving 8%, while Entertainment Tonight extended its winning streak in the category to 940 consecutive weeks.

In daytime, Steve Wilkos was the only talk show in the top 10 to improve from the week before. Live with Kelly & Michael led the genre for the seventh time in the past eight weeks; Dr. Phil repeats were a steady second; Maury captured sole possession of third place, breaking a tie with Ellen DeGeneres, which fell 11% and matched its season low.

Judge Judy had no trouble remaining syndication’s highest-rated show overall for the 19th straight week with a 6.5, dipping 6% from the previous session, but still growing 5% from last year.

In the metered markets, the trial run of Laughs, a weekend comedy show, after two weeks averaged a 0.4 rating/1 share, losing 50% of its lead-in and slipping 33% from its year-ago time period average.

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The test of the Hollywood Today Live strip after four full weeks also posted a 0.4/1 average, sinking 50% from its average lead-in and dropping 42% from its year-ago time periods.

The four-week average a third trial run, The Daily Helpline, was a 0.1/0, declining 66% from its lead-in and down 75% from its year-ago time period average.

The week’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:

  • Dr. Phil (1.3, unchanged from the week before), tied with Maury (1.3, +8%) and Live with Kelly & Michael (1.3, -13%)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.9, -10%), tied with Dr. Oz (0.9, -10%)
  • Wendy Williams (0.8, -20%), tied with Steve Wilkos (0.8, unchanged)
  • Rachael Ray (0.7, unchanged), tied with Steve Harvey (0.7, unchanged) and Jerry Springer (0.7, unchanged)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

TALK SHOWS

1. Live with Kelly & Michael (Disney-ABC) 2.6 -4%

2. Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.5 NC

3. Maury (NBCU) 1.9 NC

4. Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.7 -11%

5. Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.5 -12%

6. Steve Harvey (NBCU) 1.4 NC

7. Katie (Disney-ABC) 1.3 -7%

7. Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.3 +8%

9. Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.2 -14%

9. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.2 -8%

9. Jerry Springer (NBCU) 1.2 NC

12. The Doctors (CTD) 1.0 NC

13. Queen Latifah (Sony) 0.9 NC

14. The Test (CTD) 0.6 +20%

15. Bethenny (WBDTD) 0.5 NC

15. Arsenio (CTD) 0.5 NC

15. Trisha (NBCU) 0.5 +25%

18. The Better Show (Meredith) 0.2 NC

FRESHMEN TALKERS

1. Queen Latifah (Sony) 0.9 NC

2. The Test (CTD) 0.6 +20%

3. Bethenny (WBDTD) 0.5 NC

3. Arsenio (CTD) 0.5 NC

COURT SHOWS

1. Judge Judy (CTD) 6.5 -6%

2. People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.7 -6%

3. Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.3 -7%

4. Divorce Court (Twentieth) 1.2** -14%

4. Judge Alex (Twentieth) 1.2 -8%

6. Paternity Court (Orion Television) 1.0 NC

MAGAZINE SHOWS

1. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9 -6%

2. Inside Edition (CTD) 2.6 -4%

3. TMZ (WBDTD) 1.8 +6%

4. Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.3 -7%

4. Extra (WBDTD) 1.3 +8%

6. The Insider (CTD) 1.2 NC

7. Right This Minute (MGM) 1.1 NC

8. Dish Nation (Twentieth) 1.0 NC

9. OK! TV (Trifecta) 0.3 NC

9. America Now (Trifecta) 0.3 NC

GAME SHOWS

1. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 +4%

2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%

3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.5 NC

4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.0 NC

OFF-NET SITCOMS

1. Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 5.7 +6%

2. Modern Family (Twentieth) 3.4 -6%

3. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 3.3 +3%

4. Family Guy (Twentieth) 2.9 NC

5. Seinfeld (Sony) 2.0 NC

6. The Cleveland Show (Twentieth) 1.9 NC

7. How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) 1.8 -10%

8. Friends (WBDTD) 1.7 NC

9. King of the Hill (Twentieth) 1.6 NC

9. The Middle (WBDTD) 1.6 NC

11. Rules of Engagement (Sony) 1.2** -8%

OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS

1. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 3.-3%

1. Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 3.3 +3%

3. House (NBCU) 2.4 +9%

4. Castle (Disney-ABC) 2.0 -9%

4. Criminal Minds (CTD) 2.0 +5%

4. CSI: Miami (CTD) 2.0 +18%


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