Tight Race For Tops In Talk

Dr. Phil leapt into a tie for place first with Live with Kelly and Ryan in the session ending April 24, picking up 14% from the prior frame and forging ahead 14% from the same week last year.

The race among the top talk shows in syndication tightened in the session ending April 24 with a Michelle Obama interview triggering an Ellen ratings eruption as three of the top four highest-rated chat strips scored double digit increases.

Dr. Phil leapt into a tie for place first with Live with Kelly and Ryan, picking up 14% from the prior frame and forging ahead 14% from the same week last year to a 1.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Live, which had been untouchable in first place for the past six weeks, gave back 6% to a 1.6. Ellen DeGeneres, a smoking hot performer in its 19th and final season, surged 11% to an 11-week high 1.0.

Ellen, also outperformed its year-ago rating by 11%. On April 19 ratings skyrocketed 50% from the prior Tuesday to a weekly high for the guest appearance of former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Kelly Clarkson joined the Nielsen growth party, plowing ahead 13% to a 0.9 and improving 13% over the last year.

Court show leader for the past 1,335 weeks, Judge Judy, jumped 7% to a  4.6 and climbed 7% from its year-ago mark.


Fellow legal heavy hitter Hot Bench boasted a 7% advance to a second-place 1.5.

In access time periods, the quiz and giveaway shows continued to be led by Jeopardy, which added 4% to a 5.6; Family Feud followed with an unchanged 5.1.

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

  • Dr. Phil (0.6, +20% from the week before), tied with Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.6, 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.


Dr. Phil (CMV) 1.6 +14%

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -6%

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.0 +11%

The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 0.9 +13%

Maury (NBCU) 0.7 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.7 +17%

Rachael Ray (CMV) 0.7 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 0.7 NC

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 0.6 NC

Drew Barrymore (CMV) 0.5 NC

The Good Dish (Sony) 0.4 NC

Nick Cannon (CMV) 0.3 -25%

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.3 NC

The Doctors (CMV) 0.2 NC


Judge Judy (CMV) 4.6 +7%

Hot Bench(CMV) 1.5 +7%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 0.8 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) 5.6 +4%

Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 +2%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 NC

You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC

25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 +33%


Inside Edition (CMV) 2.3 +5%

Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 2.1 NC

TMZ (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%

Access Hollywood (NBCU) 0.8 NC

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) 1.2 NC

Young Sheldon (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 0.8 NC

Modern Family (Disney-ABC) 0.7 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 0.7 -13%

Family Guy (Disney-ABC) 0.7 NC

Seinfeld (Sony) 0.6 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 0.5 +25%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 0.5 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 0.5 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.5 +9%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.3 +30%

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.3 +30%

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Chicago Fire (NBCU) 1.1 -8%

Monk (NBCU) 1.0 NC

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