‘Jeopardy’ Edges Out ‘Feud’

It picked up 10% in the week ending Jan. 2 to squeak past a 6% higher Family Feud.

Jeopardy had the most buzz in the unusually lively holiday session ending Jan. 2, rebounding 10% to a 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and edging slightly ahead of Family Feud, which finished 6% higher at a 5.4.

The top-rated syndicated show got a boost from viewer interest in super contestant Amy Schneider who won her 23rd straight game on Dec. 31 and ranked as the fourth-highest money winner in Jeopardy history.

Elsewhere in access, two of the top entertainment magazines scored with double-digit increases as Entertainment Tonight tallied an 11% improvement and Access Hollywood hammered out a 14% gain. Extra also created excitement with a 50% increase in the key women 25-54 demo despite numerous New Year’s Eve preemptions.

The big court shows also got favorable verdicts with daytime queen Judge Judy jumping 7% to a 4.9 and Hot Bench, the No. 2 gaveler, climbing 7% to a 1.5.

In talk show action, Live with Kelly and Ryan made it two weeks in a row in first place, remaining at its season-high 1.8.

Dr. Phil, which was in reruns all week, was a strong second with a 13% surge to a 1.7.


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 (0.6, unchanged)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.4, unchanged), tied with Maury (0.4, +33%)

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) 1.8 NC

Dr. Phil (CMV) 1.7 +13%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Maury (NBCU) 0.8 +14%

Rachael Ray (CMV) 0.8 NC

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.8 -11%

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.7 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.6 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.6 NC

Drew Barrymore (CMV) 0.5 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.5 NC

Nick Cannon (CMV) 0.4 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.3 NC

The Doctors (CMV) 0.2 NC


Judge Judy (CMV) 4.9 +7%

Hot Bench(CMV) 1.5 +7%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.5 +25%

Divorce Court (Fox First Run) 0.5 NC

Relative Justice (EW Media Group) 0.3 NC


Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 +10%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 +6%

Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 +9%

You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%

25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


Inside Edition (CMV) 2.1 NC

Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 2.0 +11%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 0.8 +14%


Extra (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

Daily Mail TV (CMV) 0.5 NC

Dish Nation (Fox First Run) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.0 NC

Last Man Standing (Disney-ABC) 1.4 +8%

Young Sheldon (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%

Modern Family (Disney-ABC) 0.8 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 0.8 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.7 NC

Family Guy (Disney-ABC) 0.6 -14%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.6 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.5 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 0.5 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 4.0 -5%

Chicago Fire (NBCU) 1.5 +15%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.4 +8%

Monk (NBCU) 1.2 +9%

Bull (CNV) 0.9 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.9 -10%

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