Baseball Preemptions Don’t Penalize ‘Judge Judy’

The veteran jurist topped the docket as she has done every single week for more than 26 years, climbing 8% from the week before to a 4.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and more than 6 million daily viewers.

Swatting away strong competition and preemptions from six Major League Baseball playoff games, the top-shelf court shows were the genre leaders, making the strongest case for growth in the session ending Oct. 23.

Judge Judy topped the docket as it has done every single week for more than 26 years, elevating 8% from the week before to a formidable 4.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and more than 6 million daily viewers.

Hot Bench also generated plenty of rating steam, spiking 8% to a new season high 1.3, while People’s Court settled for a 14% increase to a season-best 0.8.

Live with Kelly and Ryan racked up its second straight 1.6 and remained king of the hill in talk for the 22nd consecutive week (including ties).

Dr. Phil came close, climbing 8% to a 1.4, with Kelly Clarkson (at a 0.9) and Drew Barrymore (at a 0.8) not far behind.

Barrymore lit up the Nielsens Oct. 21, scoring its biggest audience since Drew’s 2020 debut across all 56 metered markets, for a full hour interview with George Clooney. Nationally , it went right through the roof, attracting over 1.36 million viewers.


Tamron Hall was also hot, surging 50% in the key 25-54 demo as did Drew Barrymore and Steve Wilkos.

Talk show top newcomers Sherri and Jenifer Hudson continued to impress, holding their ground at a 0.7 and 0.6, respectively, despite a tsunami of sports preemptions. Rookie Karamo was also buoyant in the face of baseball, preserving its 0.3.

The top talk shows for the week among women 25-54 were:

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.6, unchanged from the week before)
  • Dr. Phil (0.4, unchanged)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA means not applicable.


Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC

Dr. Phil (CMV) 1.4 +8%

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Drew Barrymore (CMV) 0.8 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.7 NC

Rachael Ray (CMV) 0.7 +17%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.5 NC

Maury (NBCU) 0.5 +25%

Jerry Springer Combo (NBCU) 0.3 NC


Sherri (CMV) 0.7 NC

Jennifer Hudson (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

iCrime with Elizabeth Vargas (Trifecta) 0.5 NC

Pictionary (CMV) 0.4 NC

We the People with Judge Lauren Lake (CF Entertainment) 0.3 NC

Karamo (NBCU) 0.3 NC


Judge Judy (CMV) 4.1 +8%

Hot Bench(CMV) 1.3* +8%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 0.8* +14%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

Divorce Court (Fox First Run) 0.5 NC

Relative Justice (EW Media Group) 0.4 +33%


Jeopardy (CMV) 5.2 NC

Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 +2%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.8 +2%

25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8* +14%

You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC

Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.3 NC


Inside Edition (CMV) 2.2 +5%

Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 2.0 NC

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 0.7 NC

TMZ (Fox First Run) 0.6 NC

Extra (WBDTD) 0.5 NC

Dish Nation (Fox First Run) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 1.9 NC

Last Man Standing (Disney-ABC) 1.0 NC

Modern Family (Disney-ABC) 0.8 +14%

Young Sheldon (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 0.6 NC

Family Guy (Disney-ABC) 0.6 -14%

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.5** -17%

The Neighborhood (CMV) 0.5 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD)

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.4 NC

American Housewife (Disney-ABC) 0.4 +33%


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.6* +13%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 2.0* +18%

Chicago Fire (NBCU) 1.1 +22%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.9 +13%

Magnum P.I. (CMV) 0.7 -13%

Seal Team (CMV) 0.7 NC

The Rookie (Disney-ABC) 0.7 NC

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