The week ending Jan. 14 was a good for almost all genres, with many posting ratings increases from the prior week.
Talk shows and entertainment news magazines rallied in the week ending Jan. 14, recovering somewhat from low holiday viewing levels.
Among talkers, Buena Vista’s Live with Regis and Kelly had biggest increase, jumping 24% from the week before to a 3.6 in its first week back after an extended Christmas vacation. With Donald Trump as one of the guests, Live surged 31% from the week before to a 3.8 on Jan. 8, its best rating of the week. It was also the only talk show up over last year at this time, improving 3%.
Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres had the second-best growth among the talkers, running up 21% to a 2.3 and reaching a weekly high of 2.6 due to the first daytime appearance of the late Steve Irwin’s widow, Terri, and their daughter Bindy on Jan. 11.
Other talkers moving higher were CBS Television Distribution’s Oprah, up 7% to a 6.3; CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil, up 9% to a 5.0; NBCU’s Maury, up 10% to a 2.3; Warner Bros.’ Tyra Banks, up 7% to a 1.5; and NBCU’s Martha, up 8% to a 1.4.
CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray dominated the rookies for a 17th straight week and drew its biggest audience yet, more than 2.9 million viewers. Ray’s national rating held steady at its previous season high of 2.3.
Warner Bros.’ Dr. Keith Ablow, which had its ratings reprocessed the week before, averaged a 1.0, while Sony’s Greg Behrendt, which is ending production, trailed with a 0.8, up 14%.
CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight continued to easily win the magazine race, hitting a new season high 5.7. ET was up 4% for week, up 21% over the past two weeks and 4% ahead of last year as the Donald Trump-Rosie O’Donnell battle gave all four entertainment magazines a boost for a second straight week.
ET, for example, was up to a weekly high 6.2 with its Jan. 10 Trump story. NBCU’s Access Hollywood was up 7% to a 2.9. CBS Television Distribution’s The Insider gained 8% to a 2.8 and Warner Bros.’ Extra! rose 5% to a 2.3. In second place overall, CBS Television Distribution’s Inside Edition was down 3% to a 3.5.
Court shows were mostly higher, although only fourth-place Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis was up over last year. It scored a 2.6, up 4% week to week and up 13% year to year. The leader, CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy, was up 11% to a season high 5.0, although still down 2% from last year.
In second place, CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Joe Brown was up 7% to a 3.0, but down 6% from last year. Rookies Twentieth’s Cristina’s Court and Sony’s Judge Maria Lopez were both flat at 1.3 and 1.0, respectively.
Buena Vista’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was the only game show with an increase over last year, averaging a 3.6, up 9% for week and up 3% year to year. Leader CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune was flat at an 8.8 and down 2% from last year.
The top off-net sitcoms also saw gains for the week. CBS Television Distribution’s Everybody Loves Raymond was up 6% to a 5.3, although down 21% from last year, and Sony’s Seinfeld was up 16% to 4.3 but still down 26% from the same week a year ago.
Among weeklies CBS Television Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight Weekend jumped 14% to new season high 3.2 to lead the first-run weekly hours. Year to year, it was up 19%; NBCU’s Access Hollywood Weekend was up 7% to a 1.5 and even with last year; while Warner Bros.’ Extra! Weekend also averaged a 1.5, down 6% for the week and down 12% year to year.
Off-net weekly hours were led by rookies CBS Television Distribution’s CSI: Miami, up 4% to a 5.2. Warner Bros.’ Without a Trace was down 3% to a 2.9, and Tribune’s American Idol: Rewind was up 9% to a 2.5.
CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune Weekend led first-run weekly half hours with a 3.5, up 17% on the week, although down 3% from last year. Hitting new season highs were Buena Vista’s Ebert & Roper, which was up 10% to a 2.2 but down 15% from last year, and CBS Television Distribution’s Insider Weekend, which was up 5% to season best 2.0 and up 11% over last year.
The off-net weekly half hour was Sony’s Seinfeld Weekend, even though it was down 15% to 3.5 and off 19% from last year.