Judge Judy beat back a furious challenge from a surging Jeopardy and its most dominant player in years, James Holzhauer, for the overall No. 1 spot in syndication in May.
With a 4% increase to a 2.8 in the week ending May 19, it extends its winning streak in the category to a record 141 weeks in the post-Oprah era.
In the week ending May 12, Judge Judy, which had been syndication’s No. 1 show overall for a modern record 40 straight weeks until Jeopardy began airing James Holzhauer-fueled episodes, clocked a 7.0 with more than 9.7 million daily viewers, easily outperforming Jeopardy, Feud and everything else.
In the super contestant’s last week before a two-week hiatus, the game show moves up 11% to its highest rating since March 2005.
In the week ending April 28, the phenom’s run pushes the game show to tops in all of syndication again as his prize pot mounts.
The amazing run of James Holzhauer propels the game into first place for syndication overall, knocking Judge Judy out after 40 straight weeks as No. 1.
His single-day victories boosted the game show by 5% to a 6.4 in the week ending April 14, while Judge Judy earned a 6.7, keeping it at the top of the overall syndication chart for a 40th consecutive week. That marked the longest streak of any show at the top of the syndication ratings in 15 years.
Shows in all of the first-run genres report weekly ratings gains in the first week of April with magazines particularly active.
Family Feud joined Judge Judy and Dr. Phil as the trio of first-run gainers in the week ending March 31. Much of the rest of syndication was held back by March Madness preemptions.
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.