Big Leaps For Magazine Shows

All of the top six in the genre posted ratings gains of 9% or greater in the week ending Dec. 6 with Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition at the top of the heap.

Entertainment magazines were themselves the big news in the session ending Dec. 6, scoring double-digit increases right across the board. Entertainment Tonight led the charge with a 14% surge to a 2.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, tying corporate cousin Inside Edition at the top of the magazine rack.

Next in line, Access Hollywood, matched its season high, jumping 10% to a 1.1. TMZ added 14% to a 0.8, while Extra clocked the largest percentage increase in the top four, with a 17% spike to a 0.7 in households and a 33% leap in the key women 25-54 demo, equaling its best performance of the season.

Elsewhere, Live with Kelly and Ryan rose 5% to a 2.0, matching its strongest numbers of the year and leading the talkers. Live has now been first or tied for first in nine of the past 13 weeks.

Also moving up was Dr. Phil, which strengthened 6% to a second-place 1.9.

Ellen DeGeneres, who announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 10 and that her show would pause production until after the holidays, had the only gabfest in the top 5 going south, easing 8% to a 1.2.

On the other hand, highly regarded sophomore Kelly Clarkson climbed 11% to a 1.0 in households and 25% in the advertiser-coveted women 25-54 age group to tie both its season high and veteran Maury.


Meanwhile, the burgeoning Tamron Hall was very heavily preempted but still made the category’s biggest upward move, forging ahead 14% to a 0.8 in households and 33% in the target demo.

Ruling the ratings chart, the Judge Judy juggernaut continued to roll with a 5.8, leading all of syndication in households for the 12th time in 16 weeks.

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

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.8, unchanged from the week before)
  • Dr. Phil (0.7, unchanged)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.6, unchanged)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.5, +25%), tied with Maury (0.5, +25%)
  • Tamron Hall (0.4, +33%), tied with Wendy Williams (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) 2.0 +5%

Dr. Phil (CTD) 1.9 +6%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.2 -8%

Maury (NBCU) 1.0 +11%

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 1.0 +11%

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.9 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 0.9 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.8 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.8 +14%

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.7 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.4 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.3 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.2 NC


Drew Barrymore (CTD) 0.5 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 5.8 -3%

Hot Bench(CTD) 1.6 -11%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.6** -14%

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.6 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +14%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 +14%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 +12%

25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 +13%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.4 +9%

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.4 +14%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.1 +10%

TMZ (WBDTD) 0.8 +14%

Extra (WBDTD) 0.7 +17%

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.6 +20%

Dish Nation (Trifecta) 0.3 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.7 +13%

Last Man Standing (Disney-ABC) 1.9 NC

Modern Family (Disney-ABC) 1.1 -8%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.1 +10%

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.0 NC

Family Guy (Disney-ABC) 0.9 -47%

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.8 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.7 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 0.7 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.9 -24%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.6 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.4 +8%

NCIS (CTD) 1.0 -9%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 0.9 NC

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 0.9 NC

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 0.8 -11%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 0.8 NC

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