Most shows post lower numbers for the week ending Dec. 10. Ellen and Jerry Springer were among the few exceptions.
The week after the November sweeps ended followed with tradition, resulting in lower ratings for most syndicated programs during the week ending Dec 10. Viewing was also lower, with PUT levels down by slightly more than 1.9 million viewers on average.
Among the closely watched talk shows, for example, only two of 13 were up, Ellen Degeneres and Jerry Springer.
It was a great week for Ellen which hit its best ratings since week of April 2, rising 4% to a 2.4, and jumping into fourth place among all talkers, ahead of Maury which had a 2.3, for the first time since mid-September.
Oprah, the talk leader had a terrible week, sinking 14%, which was the biggest decline of any talker, to a 6.5. Dr. Phil dropped 7% to a 5.2 and Live with Regis & Kelly was off 5% to a 3.5. While all of the talk shows were down from last year, most by double-digits, Dr. Phil posted the smallest dip, slipping only 2% to a 5.2.
Among the rookies, Rachael Ray continued to crush the competition with a 2.2, holding steady with the previous week and opening up a triple-digit lead on its closest talk rival. Dr. Keith Ablow was far back in second place at a 1.1, which was unchanged.
Megan Mullally gained sole possession of third for first time since early October with a 0.9, unchanged, while Greg Behrendt dropped 11% to a last-place 0.8.
The brand-new iVillage Live that premiered Dec. 4 on 10 NBC stations averaged only a 0.6 rating/2 share for its first two weeks in the overnights, down 40% from its 1.0/4 average lead-in and down 50% from its 1.2/4 year-ago time period average.
None of the magazines were up for the week, but Entertainment Tonight, the genre leader, was the only show in the category to show an increase over last year; it was up 4% year-to-year, to a 5.4. In second, Inside Edition was unchanged for the week at a 3.5, followed by The Insider at a 2.6, down 4%; Access Hollywood, also a 2.6, down 13%; and Extra at a 2.2, down 8%.
Wheel of Fortune ruled with an 8.8, down 4%, followed by Jeopardy! at a 6.9, also down 4%. In third, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was up 6% to a new season high 3.6 and was the only gamer up over last year, improving 9%.
All were down or flat week to week and all lost ground from last year. Judge Judy was the high court at a 4.8, unchanged for week and down 2% from last year. Judge Joe Brown slipped 6% to 2.9 and tumbled 15% year to year.
The big 3 off-net sitcoms continued to lose ground. Everybody Loves Raymond fell 4% to a 5.4 and was down 19% from last year. In second place, Seinfeld slipped 2% to a 4.6 and lost 21% year to year, while Friends, in third place, dropped 3% to a 3.8 and sank 27% from last year.
CSI: Miami lead the weekend off-net weekly hours with a 4.8, up 2%, followed by Without a Trace at a 2.8, up 8%, and American Idol Rewind at a 2.5, up 4%.
Among first-run weekly hours, Entertainment Tonight Weekend was up 14% to a 2.4, followed by Extra Weekend, which was up 27% to a new season high 1.9, and Access Hollywood Weekend, which was down 11% to a 1.6.
Among weekly off-net half-hours, Seinfeld Weekend led with a 3.6, unchanged, followed by Everybody Loves Raymond Weekend at a 3.4, up 10%.
First-run weekly half-hours were led by Wheel of Fortune Weekend at 3.6, followed by The Chris Matthews Show which was up 16% to a 2.2.