‘Jeopardy’ Continues Game Show Leadership

With guest host Ken Jennings filling in for the late Alex Trebek, it advanced 2% to a 6.1 in the week ending Feb.7, one of a very few syndicated shows to post a week-to-week increase.

Daily Mail TV delivered an 11-week high and the biggest increase among all syndicated strips in an otherwise quiet session ending Feb. 7 in which dramatic moves were few and far between. Mail was the only gainer among the top five magazines, posting a 17% advance to a 0.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and matching its best showing of the season.

Elsewhere in access, Jeopardy edged up 2% to a 6.1 and held onto the game show lead for a fourth straight week with guest host Ken Jennings filling in for the late Alex Trebek.

Next in line, Wheel of Fortune was flat at a 5.8 while Family Feud dipped 5% to a 5.5.

In daytime developments, the top three talkers held steady. Live with Kelly and Ryan remained on top for the 11th week in a row (including two ties) with a 2.0. Dr. Phil was a close second at a 1.9 and Maury was a distant third with an unchanged 1.1. After that, Ellen DeGeneres declined 9% to a 1.0.

Among court shows, Judge Judy and Hot Bench continued to rule, with Judy decimating daytime at a firm 5.7 and Bench barreling ahead 6% to an eight-week high 1.8.

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 (0.6, -14%)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.5, unchanged), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.5, unchanged), Wendy Williams (0.5, unchanged) and Maury (0.5, 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 NC

Dr. Phil (CMV) 1.9 NC

Maury (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.0 -9%

Rachael Ray (CMV) 0.9 +13%

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.9 -10%

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.9 -10%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.8 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.8 -11%

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.7 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.4 NC

The Doctors (CMV) 0.3 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.2 NC


Drew Barrymore (CMV) 0.5 NC


Judge Judy (CMV) 5.7 NC

Hot Bench(CMV) 1.8 +6%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.7 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Jeopardy (CMV) 6.1 +2%

Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.8 NC

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 -5%

25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Inside Edition (CMV) 2.4 NC

Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 2.3 NC

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.0 NC


Extra (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Daily Mail TV (CMV) 0.7 +17%

Dish Nation (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.8 +4%

Last Man Standing (Disney-ABC) 2.0 NC

Modern Family (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.0 NC

Family Guy (Disney-ABC) 0.9 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.9 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.7 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 0.7 -13%


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.6 NC

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.4 -13%

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


NCIS: New Orleans (CMV) 1.1 +22%

Editor’s note. This story was updated to correct the rating and percent change numbers for Wendy Williams to a 0.9, down 10%.

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