WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

‘Hot Bench’ Continues To Heat Up Syndication

The show leads all freshman series. Some of the other newcomers post week-to-week gains while many returning shows are flat to down in the week ending Oct. 12.

The week ending Oct. 12 was a good one for rookies Hot Bench, Meredith Vieira and Celebrity Name Game. New gaveler Hot Bench rose 7% to a 1.5, its highest rating yet and topped the syndication newcomers in household rating and total viewers for a fourth consecutive week.

Hot Bench drew a series record 2.048 million viewers per show, topping its nearest freshman rival by almost half a million.

Meredith, the best-known new talker, improved 9% to a 1.2, the second-highest household score for any freshman, tied with access rookie Celebrity Name Game, which also jumped 9% to a 1.2.

Further back, The Real, a panel chatfest was flat at fourth-place 1.0,while Judge Faith was unchanged at a 0.7.

In terms of women 25-54, Hot Bench led the rookies, surging 33% to a first-place 0.8, its best demo score yet. The Real was flat at a 0.7; right behind were Meredith and Celebrity Name Game, both at a 0.6; and Judge Faith trailed with a 0.3.

Among the veteran talkers, Dr. Phil was a strong No. 1 for the sixth consecutive week, gaining 3% from the prior session to a 3.1 rating, which was up 11% from last year at this time. Phil was also tops in the key women 25-54 demo.

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Live with Kelly & Michael was a solid No. 2 in households, dipping 3% for the week, but still growing 4% from last year.

Third-place Ellen fell 8% to a new season low 2.4, which was unchanged from last year.

Maury, which advanced 5% both week to week and year to year, was the only veteran talker besides Dr. Phil moving up from the previous frame in households.

Compared to last year, the top-tier chatfests moving up in households included Steve Harvey, which climbed 13% to a 1.8, and Wendy Williams, which was up 23% to a 1.6 (it was also up 10% among women 25-54 from a year ago).

Among women 25-54, Maury rose 8% week to week and Dr. Oz improved 13%.

In access, Entertainment Tonight reached a milestone 950 consecutive weeks — or more than 18 years — as the No. 1 magazine.

Meanwhile, most mags were steady to slightly lower than they were the week before when they got a boost from the George Clooney wedding. Extra Weekend had the sharpest increase in the category, surging 50% from the prior session to a new season high 0.9.

Judge Judy was the top-rated strip in syndication for the 29th straight week, scoring a 7.0.

Family Feud had a strong showing, with a 3.0 among women 25-54, a 43% gain among women 25-54 from a year ago, to go along with a 35% household ratings increase to a 5.8. It was also the No. 1 show in first-run syndication among women 25-54.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.5, unchanged from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly & Michael (1.4, unchanged), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (1.4, unchanged)
  • Maury (1.3, +8%)
  • Wendy Williams (1.1, unchanged),
  • Steve Wilkos (0.9, -10%), tied with Steve Harvey (0.9, unchanged) and Dr. Oz (0.9, +13%)

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. Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.1 +3%

2. Live with Kelly & Michael (Disney-ABC) 2.8 -3%

3. Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.4** -8%

4. Maury (NBCU) 2.0 +5%

5. Steve Harvey (NBCU) 1.8 -5%

6. Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.6 NC

7. Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.4** -7%

7. Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.4 -7%

9. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.3 NC

10. Jerry Springer (NBCU) 1.2 NC

11. Queen Latifah (Sony) 1.0 -9%

11. The Doctors (CTD) 1.0 NC

13. The Better Show (Meredith) 0.2 NC

ROOKIES

1. Hot Bench (CTD) 1.5* +7%

2. Meredith Vieira (NBCU) 1.2 +9%

2. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury) 1.2 +9%

4. The Real (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

5. Judge Faith (Trifecta) 0.7 NC

INTERNET VIDEO

1. Right This Minute (MGM) 1.6+7%

COURT SHOWS

1. Judge Judy (CTD) 7.0 +4%

2. People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.7 NC

3. Divorce Court (Twentieth) 1.5 NC

4. Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.3 -7%

5. Paternity Court (Orion Television) 1.2 +9%

MAGAZINE SHOWS

1. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.2 -6%

2. Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8 -3%

3. TMZ (WBDTD) 1.9 NC

4. Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.7 NC

5. Extra (WBDTD) 1.5 -6%

6. The Insider (CTD) 1.2 NC

7. Dish Nation (Twentieth) 0.9 -10%

8. OK! TV (Trifecta) 0.2 NC

GAME SHOWS

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4 -2%

2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 -3%

3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 5.8 NC

4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9 -5%

5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury) 1.2 +9%

OFF-NET SITCOMS

1. Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 5.7 -2%

2. Modern Family (Twentieth) 3.6 -8%

3. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 3.0 +7%

4. Family Guy (Twentieth) 2.4 NC

5. How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) 2.3 +5%

6. Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 2.0* +11%

7. The Cleveland Show (Twentieth) 1.8 NC

7. Seinfeld (Sony) 1.8 +13%

9. The Middle (WBDTD) 1.6 NC

9. King of the Hill (Twentieth) 1.6 NC

OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS

1. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 4.6 -2%

2. Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 3.8* +6%

3. Blue Bloods (CTD) 2.1 -9%

4. Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.9 +12%

5. Scandal (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%

5. The Good Wife (CTD) 1.7* +13%


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