WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

‘Judy’ Wraps The Season In Her Usual Spot

For the week ending Sept. 6, the between-season session leading into Labor Day weekend, Judy rose 2% to a four-week high 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and crushed the other court shows for a remarkable 1,250th week in a row — or every week for the past 24 years.

It looks like Judge Judy is planning to show rivals no mercy in the upcoming final year for syndication’s dominant court show. For the week ending Sept. 6, the between-season session leading into Labor Day weekend, Judy rose 2% to a four-week high 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and crushed the other court shows for a remarkable 1,250th week in a row — or every week for the past 24 years. The iconic courtroom strip, which was in repeats on all five days, was also the week’s highest rated first-run syndicated show of any type as it has been in every season for the past 11 years.

The big news in talk was the highly anticipated premiere of the Drew Barrymore Show, which debuted Monday, Sept. 14, with a very respectable 1.0 rating/3 share preliminary weighted average for its primary runs in 44 metered markets. For example, it was easily the No. 1 show in its time period in top market New York and scored triple-digit rating increase over its year-ago time periods of 233% in Los Angeles, 300% in Baltimore and 400% in Jacksonville, Fla.

In addition, Drew was especially strong in Portland, Ore., where it won its 3 p.m. time slot with a 2.0/7 and rose 233% over a year ago.

Also making news on Sept. 14 was the second season opener for Tamron Hall, which surged 83% from the prior Monday to a preliminary 1.1/4 for its primary runs in the metered markets with its stunning exclusive interview of former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.

Back in the national ratings for the frame ending Sept. 6, no other daytime programs beside Judy were able to advance in the pre-holiday session, which was marked by extremely low viewing levels and sporadic preemptions of news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Phil led the yak pack for the 10th time in the past 11 weeks with a steady 1.9.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

In access, the big movers among magazines were Entertainment Tonight, which added 5% to a 2.2 and Access Hollywood, which grew 11% to a 1.0. Inside Edition narrowly led the group, although it fell 4% to a 2.3.

Doing well to hold their ground in the face of preemptions for NBA playoffs were TMZ, Extra and Daily Mail TV, at 0.8, 0.7 and 0.7, respectively.

The week’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.7, unchanged from the week before), tied with Dr. Phil (0.7, unchanged)
  • Maury (0.5, unchanged)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.4, +33%), tied with Steve Wilkos (0.4, unchanged) and Ellen DeGeneres (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.

TALK SHOWS

Dr. Phil (CTD) 1.9 NC

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

Maury (NBCU) 1.0 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 0.8 NC

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.8 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.7 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.7 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.6 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.4 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.3 -25%

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 NC

Mel Robbins (Sony) 0.3 NC

COURT SHOWS

Judge Judy (CTD) 5.6 +2%

Hot Bench(CTD) 1.9 NC

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.2 -8%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.7 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.6 NC

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.4 NC

Personal Injury Court (MGM) 0.4 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.2 NC

GAME SHOWS

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 -2%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.6 +2%

Jeopardy (CTD) 4.3 +5%

25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 NC

America Says (SPT) 0.8 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

OFF-NET CRIME

Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.0 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.7 NC

MAGAZINE SHOWS

Inside Edition (CTD) 2.3 -4%

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.2 +5%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.0 +11%

TMZ (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Extra (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.7 NC

Dish Nation (Trifecta) 0.3 NA

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 +100%

OFF-NET SITCOMS

Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 2.6 +4%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 1.8 -10%

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.2 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.0 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 0.9** -10%

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.9 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.7 -13%

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.7 NC

OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS

Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.4 NC

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.5 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.1 NC

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.0 NC

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 0.9 -10%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 0.9 -18%


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