Double-Digit Drives For ‘Clarkson’ And ‘Hall’

Both talk shows scored double-digit increases in the week ending Aug. 29 despite being nearly or totally in reruns and facing plenty of daytime preemptions for breaking Afghanistan news.

Sophomores Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall, the only two talkers in the plus column, lit up the Nielsen chart in the session ending Aug. 29. Both scored double-digit increases despite being nearly or totally in reruns and facing plenty of daytime preemptions for breaking Afghanistan news.

Clarkson climbed 14% from the week before to tie Ellen DeGeneres at a 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, while Hall surged 17% to tie Wendy Williams, Rachel Ray and Steve Wilkos at a 0.7.

Live with Kelly and Ryan, the top-rated talk show of the season, held its ground at a 1.6 and swept to first place in the category for the 16th week even though it was still on its summer hiatus, airing repackaged episodes and repeats all week.

Hot Bench was the only court show moving up, spiking 7% to a 1.5 and ranking as the third highest daytime strip behind only Judge Judy and Live.

In access, game show Jeopardy, which has recently become a public relations pinata, slipped 3% to a new season low 3.9 with a second straight week of “Around the World with Alex” archival reruns.

Game show and syndication champ Family Feud fell 2% to a 5.6.


Among magazines, Extra was the strongest performer among the top five, shooting up 17% to a nine-week high 0.7 with about 1 million viewers each day.

Magazine leader Entertainment Tonight hung tough at a 2.0 to tie Inside Edition, which sank 9%.

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

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.7, unchanged from the week before)
  • Dr. Phil (0.5, unchanged)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.4, unchanged), tied with Maury (0.4, unhanged)

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) 1.3 NC

Maury (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.8 +14%

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.7 -13%

Rachael Ray (CMV) 0.7 NC

Drew Barrymore (CMV) 0.4 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.7 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.5 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.7 +17%

The Real (WBDTD) 0.3 NC

The Doctors (CMV) 0.2 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.2 NC


Judge Judy (CMV) 4.4 -2%

Hot Bench(CMV) 1.5 +7%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 0.7 -13%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.6 NC

Divorce Court (Fox First Run) 0.5 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Jeopardy (CMV) 3.9** -3%

Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.3** -4%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 -2%

25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Inside Edition (CMV) 2.0 -9%

Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 2.0 NC


Access Hollywood (NBCU) 0.8 NC

Extra (WBDTD) 0.7 +17%

Daily Mail TV (CMV) 0.6 +20%

Dish Nation (Fox First Run) 0.3 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.4 +4%

Last Man Standing (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Modern Family (Disney-ABC) 0.9 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 0.8 NC

Family Guy (Disney-ABC) 0.8 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.8 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.7 +17%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Schitt’s Creek (CMV) 0.7+17%


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.8 NC

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.7 -6%

Monk (NBCU) 1.5 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.3 +8%

NCIS (CMV) 0.9 -10%

  1. NCIS: New Orleans (CMV) 0.9 +13%

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