Preemptions for March Madness play havoc with ratings in the week ending March 24. Of the talk shows, only Wendy Williams and Steve post week-to-week improvement.
Only a handful of shows reported weekly gains in the session ended March 17. Among them: Ellen DeGeneres, People’s Court and Page Six TV.
Most shows are unchanged or down from February 2018. The first-run genre winners are Dr. Phil (talk); Judge Judy (courts); Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune (games); and Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition (magazines).
The only top-5 talker moving up in the week ending Feb. 24 was Ellen DeGeneres, which recovered 9% from a similar decline the week before to a second-place 2.4 behind Dr. Phil, which slipped 3%.
Her Honor clobbered all programs in syndication 32nd week in a row, uncorking a nose-bleed-level 7.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with more than 11 million daily viewers.
Many of the top courtrooms, talk shows, magazines and games tie or top season bests in the week ending Feb. 3.
Judy, more than dominating than ever in this, its 23rd season, blew away all competition with a sparkling 7.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its highest since November and marked six months as syndication’s No. 1 show.
Dr. Phil was on top of the genre in the week ending Jan. 20, with a majority of the category reporting week-to-week ratings increases.
In the week ending Jan. 13, the mag with the biggest percentage increase (and only show in the group to hit a new season high) was Access, which surged 17% from the prior frame to a season-best 1.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.