Two Weeks In A Row For ‘Kelly And Ryan’

Although most daytime shows were shredded by massive preemptions for coronavirus news coverage throughout the session ending April 5, Live with Kelly and Ryan was a standout, holding on to almost all of its large increase in the previous frame and easily topping the talkers for a second straight week.

The morning show favorite improved 9% from last year at this time to a first-place 2.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and attracted a whopping average of more than 3.5 million viewers each day even though it aired only four original episodes during the week.

Season-to-date talk leader Dr. Phil was in reruns for part of the week and was hit with numerous preemptions, but nevertheless hung tough at a second-place 2.1.

Further back, Ellen DeGeneres dropped 6% to a 1.6 in third.

The only first-run strip with a double-digit gain was highly regarded rookie Tamron Hall, with a 10% leap to a 1.1 which matched the show’s biggest rating ever. In addition, it had its most-watched week yet, surging 19% over its season average to 1.485 million daily viewers.

Significantly, Tamron began featuring new segments originating from her home and focusing on COVID-19, in addition to encore features from previous shows.


Kelly Clarkson, the season’s overall No. 1 newcomer, was also sharp, holding its ground at a 1.3 despite being in repeats on all five days.

The runaway leader, by far, over all daytime shows was the incomparable Judge Judy with a 6.3, which was more than twice the rating of anything else in the daypart.

Elsewhere, Access Hollywood was the biggest upside mover among magazines with a 9% surge to a 1.2.

Inside Edition, which led the genre, was unchanged at a 3.2, finishing just ahead of sister show Entertainment Tonight, which rose 3% to a 3.1.

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

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.2, -8% from the week before)
  • Dr. Phil (0.8, -11%), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, unchanged)
  • Maury (0.7, unchanged)
  • Kelly Clarkson (0.6, unchanged), tied with Steve Wilkos (0.6, +20%)

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) 2.5 -4%

Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.1 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.6 -6%

Maury (NBCU) 1.2 NC

4. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.2 +9%

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.1 -8%

Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.1 -8%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.0 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.6 NC

The Doctors (CTD) 0.6 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.3 -25%


The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCU) 1.3 NC

25 Words or Less (CTD) 1.3 NC

Tamron Hall (Disney-ABC) 1.1 +10%

Judge Jerry (NBCU) 0.9 NC

America Says (Sony) 0.9 NC

Personal Injury Court (MGM) 0.5 -17%

Mel Robbins (Sony) 0.4 NC

Protection Court (Trifecta) 0.3 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 6.3 -3%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.2 -4%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 +7%

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.8 NC

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.5 NC


Jeopardy (CTD) 7.2 -1%

Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 -1%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -19%

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6 NC


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.2 -8%

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 0.9 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.9 NC


Inside Edition (CTD) 3.2 NC

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1 +3%


Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.2 +9%

Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 -8%

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.9 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 3.5 +3%

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.2 -4%

3. Modern Family (20th Television) 1.5 NC

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.2 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.1 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.1 +10%

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.1 NC

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.0 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

Mom (WBDTD) 1.0 NC


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 4.1 NC

Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 2.1* +17%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.4 -7%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.1 NC

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.1 NC

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