‘Jeopardy’ Tops Game Shows And All Of Syndication

It wins the week ending May 15 despite dipping 10% from the previous session.

Jeopardy ratings slid 10% to a seven-week low 5.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session ending May 15, which was the first week following the stunning defeat of super-contestant Mattea Roach who lost by a single dollar. Roach had racked up 23 consecutive wins while amassing just over $560,000. But Jeopardy still led the game shows — and all of syndication — for a seventh straight week.

Family Feud fell 4% to a second-place 5.1, while Wheel of Fortune eroded 8% to a 4.6.

On the positive side, Dr. Phil held its ground at a 1.6 and took over sole possession of first place in the talk show race, breaking three weeks of ties with Live with Kelly and Ryan, which relinquished 6% to a 1.5.

Of note, the soon-to-be heavily upgraded Kelly Clarkson had the best year-to-year improvement of any talker in the top 10 with a 13% increase to a 0.9, which put it at No. 3 in the hotly contested category.

Elsewhere, Entertainment Tonight remained No. 1 among magazines for a second straight week, staying tied with sister show Inside Edition despite both dipping 5% to a 2.1.

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


  • Dr. Phil (0.5, unchanged from the week before), tied with Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.5, -17%)

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.


Dr. Phil (CMV) 1.6 NC

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 0.9 -10%

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Maury (NBCU) 0.7 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.7 NC

Rachael Ray (CMV) 0.7 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.6 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.6 -14%

Drew Barrymore (CMV) 0.5 NC

The Good Dish (Sony) 0.4 NC

Nick Cannon (CMV) 0.4 +33%

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.3 NC

The Doctors (CMV) 0.2 NC


Judge Judy (CMV) 4.5 -2%

Hot Bench(CMV) 1.4 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.4 NC

Divorce Court (Fox First Run) 0.4 NC

Relative Justice (EW Media Group) 0.3 NC


Jeopardy (CMV) 5.2 -10%

Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.6 -8%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 -4%

You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC

25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 -25%


Inside Edition (CMV) 2.1 -5%

Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 2.1 -5%

TMZ (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 0.7 -13%

Extra (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

Daily Mail TV (CMV) 0.5 NC

Dish Nation (Fox First Run) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 1.9 -5%

Last Man Standing (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

Young Sheldon (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Modern Family (Disney-ABC) 0.8 +14%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 0.8 +14%

The Goldbergs(Sony) 0.7 -13%

Family Guy (Disney-ABC) 0.7 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.6 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.5 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.5 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 0.5 +25%


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.5 -8%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.2 +9%

Chicago Fire (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.1 -15%

Monk (NBCU) 0.9 -18%

Bull (CNV) 0.8 -11%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 0.8 NC

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