‘Feud’ Again Tops Syndies, While ‘Live’ Leads Talkers

Family Feud continued to lead the game shows and all of syndication for a second week. Live with Kelly and Ryan shook off the Olympics competition and jumped 6% into sole possession of first place in talk.

The Beijing Winter Olympics continued to put a chill into syndication ratings in the session ending Feb. 20, but a handful of winners emerged.

The most prominent of these was Live with Kelly and Ryan, which like virtually all of the heavy hitters on the Nielsen chart was retitled, but shook off the Olympics competition and jumped into sole possession of first place in talk. Buoyed by a strong performance on Valentine’s Day that featured appearances by George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, the morning mainstay broke out of a tie with Dr. Phil with a 6% spike to a 1.7 live-plus-same-day national rating.

The other big Disney talker, Tamron Hall, also lit up the leader board with a 17% surge to a 0.7.

In access, Entertainment Tonight skated into a dead heat for first place among magazines, growing 5% to a 2.0.

Family Feud continued to lead the game shows and all of syndication for a second week, although it slipped 2% to a 5.6. That topped second-place Jeopardy, which also weakened 2%, dropping to a 5.4.

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


  • Live-Olympics (0.6, unchanged from the week before)
  • Dr. Phil-Olym (0.5, unchanged)
  • Maury (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-Olympics (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%

Dr. Phil-Olym (CMV) 1.5 -6%

Kelly Clarkson-Olym (NBCU) 0.8 NC

Maury (NBCU) 0.8 NC

Ellen DeGeneres-Olym (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.7 NC

Rachael Ray-Olym (CMV) 0.7 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.7 +17%

Tamron-Olympics (Disney-ABC) 0.7 +17%

Drew Barrymore-Olym (CMV) 0.5 NC

Nick Cannon (CMV) 0.4 -20%

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 +33%

The Good Dish (Sony) 0.3** -25%

The Real (WBDTD) 0.3 NC

The Doctors-Olym (CMV) 0.2 NC


Judge Judy-Olym (CMV) 4.5 -6%

Hot Bench-Olym(CMV) 1.4 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 0.8 -11%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

Divorce Court-Olym (Fox First Run) 0.5 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.4 NC

Relative Justice (EW Media Group) 0.4 NC


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

Jeopardy-Olym (CMV) 5.4 -2%

Wheel of Fortune-Olym (CMV) 4.9 -2%

You Bet Your Life-Olym (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC

25 Words or Less-Olym (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


Inside Edition-Olym (CMV) 2.0 NC

Entertainment Tonight-Olym (CMV) 2.0 +5%

TMZ-Olym (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%

Extra (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

Daily Mail TV-Olym (CMV) 0.5 NC

Access Hollywood-Olym (NBCU) 0.4 NC

Dish Nation-Olym (Fox First Run) 0.3 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.1 NC

Last Man Standing (Disney-ABC) 1.5 +7%

Young Sheldon (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Modern Family (Disney-ABC) 0.8 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 0.8 +14%

Family Guy (Disney-ABC) 0.7 -13%

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.7 +17%

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.5 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.5 -17%

Mom (WBDTD) 0.5 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.5 -10%

Chicago Fire (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Monk (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Bull (CNV) 0.8 +14%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 0.8 +14%

­­­Seal Team (CMV) 0.7 NC

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