With many shows able to exclude the very low-rated Thanksgiving and Black Friday from their averages, Live with Kelly and Ryan moved to the top of the talkers in the week ending Dec. 1 with a season-best 2.1.
The preemptions in the session ending Nov. 24 were so extensive that some programs counted only two days — Monday and Friday — in their weekly syndicated ratings averages.
Most of syndication was flat to down after running into heavy preemptions for the impeachment hearings in the session ending Nov. 17. But Jeopardy’s Tournament of Champions with the return of James Holzhauer posted a 7% increase to set a new season high.
The syndication leader turns in a new season high 7.1 in the week ending Nov. 10. And Judge Judy Sheindlin’s Hot Bench barreled ahead 10% to a new season-high 2.2, putting it second in courtrooms and No. 3 in syndication overall.
Multiple first-run shows in all genres drew stronger numbers in the week ending Nov. 3.
In the session ending Oct. 27, most of first-run syndication held up well, even though some daytime shows were preempted on various dates for fire coverage in California markets. In addition, some access programs were bumped by the World Series on Oct. 22, 23 and 25.
It was the only magazine to break into positive territory in the week ending Oct. 20. It rallied 7% to an 88-week high 1.5. The show also had the distinction of being the sole first-run strip to hit a new season high.
It sets the pace in the entertainment magazine genre with a 4% rise to a new season-high 2.8.
The Kelly Clarkson Show, in its fourth outing, jumped 8% to a 1.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and was syndication’s No. 1 new show. Tamron Hall, also gained steam, growing 11% to a three-week high 1.0 with a 33% spike in the key women 25-54 demo.
In the session ending Sept. 29, Entertainment Tonight saw a 7% boost from the previous frame to a 2.8 single-day national rating for its coverage of the big event. Access Hollywood also grew 7% to a single-day 1.5 on Sept. 23; and Extra spiked 11% with its coverage to a 1.0.
The record-setting show easily outperformed all syndies for the eighth straight week with a 6.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, which was more than triple the rating of the next highest court program.
A slew of closely watched, brand new and returning syndicated strips delivered high national numbers for their season premieres in the session ending Sept. 15, despite being preempted by the Democratic presidential debates and suffering schedule upheavals for 9/11 memorial coverage in some cases. Among the prominent new talkers launched on Sept. 9, The Kelly […]
Entertainment Tonight climbed 4% to an eight-week high 2.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Access jumped 10% to a 1.1, pulling even with a steady TMZ; and Extra surged 11% to a 1.0, while racing ahead 25% among women 25-54.
Kelly Clarkson averaged an impressive 1.9 rating/6 share in the weighted metered markets for its premiere, which was syndication’s highest opener for a nationally cleared first-run show in seven years. Meanwhile, Tamron Hall scored a 1.4/5, which was the best bow for a talker in five years other than Clarkson’s.
In the week ending Aug. 25, Entertainment Tonight rose 4% from the prior frame to a 2.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating; Access improved 10% for both the week and the year; Extra shot up 11% to a nine-week high 1.0, while Daily Mail TV, already renewed for a third year, had the largest annual increase of all magazines with growth of 13% to a steady 0.9.
The victory in the session ending Aug. 18 marks a full decade at the top of all first-run programs for Judy and six straight years as syndication’s highest rated show overall.
It’s the only magazine to outperform its year-ago numbers, improving 10% from last year as well as strengthening 10% week to week.
It’s syndication’s top show despite being blacked out on DirecTV and AT&T’s U-verse in 14 markets including New York and Los Angeles.
The July 24 coverage caused massive preemptions and pulled ratings lower for most daytime shows in the session ending July 28.
In a slow summer week, Family Feud is the only first-run genre leader to post a weekly gain in the session ending July 21.
Most shows are down in the usually low viewing week that also had viewers flocking to the semifinal of the Women’s World Cup match. One bright spot was the true crime standout Dateline, which climbed 29%.
A third week of preemptions and competition from the increasingly popular Women’s World Cup meant few week-to-week gains in the session ending June 30. Inside Edition was one exception.
The session ending June 23 featured many shows registering gains from the previous week, some in the face of tough competition and preemptions from the Women’s World Cup.
It was the only show in first-run syndication to post a ratings gain in the session ending June 16. Preemptions and competition from sports resulted in flat or down numbers for the rest, with many posting season- and series-lows.
In the week ending June 9, Jeopardy averaged a strong 6.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating thanks to a whopping 9.0 for the Holzhauer swan song June 3, and outperformed its competition for the 10th consecutive frame.
The super-contestant’s final week drives the game show to the top of the syndication chart with a 7.9.
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.
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.
Viewer support for long-time host Alex Trebek, who on March 6 revealed that had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, helped make Jeopardy the top-rated game show in the session ending March 10. Although the veteran quiz show scored a five-week high 6.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, it still had no answer for February sweep […]
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%.