WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

A Sterling Week For Magazine Shows

Most of the mags post gains in the week ending May 4. It was also a good session for most shows in the other genres as well.

Reports on the scandal surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was banned for life by the NBA, sent Nielsens for the eight highest-rated magazines skyward in the session ending May 4, the first full week of the May sweep.

Among the top six, The Insider had the largest week-to-week increase, jumping 8%, while Access Hollywood and Extra had the second-biggest gains among the top tier, with each show growing 7%. Extra was also up the most from last year among the magazines, improving 7%.

In seventh place, Right This Minute rose 10% to a 1.1, followed by Dish Nation, which was up 11% to a 1.0.

Entertainment Tonight ruled the category with a 3.4.

In daytime, Dr. Phil swept to its widest lead over the talk show field in 52 weeks with nearly a full point advantage over its closest rivals. Phil was also a strong No. 1 among women 25-54.

Ellen and Live with Kelly and Michael were only a tenth of a point apart in the battle for second place, with Dr. Oz close behind. Oz surged 15% to its highest household rating in 12 weeks and tied Kelly and Michael for third place among women 25-54 with a 1.3 in the key demo.

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Once again, Steve Harvey clocked the largest year-to-year increase in talk, gaining 27% from last year, while climbing 6% week to week in households and shooting up 22% among women 25-54.

Other talkers moving up included Katie, Rachael Ray and rookie champ Queen Latifah, which scored its best rating since the week of March 31 and jumped 14% among women 25-54. Wendy Williams was steady with the prior week, but up 17% from last year.

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Judge Judy was, by a substantial margin, the No. 1 show in syndication, advancing 6% from the week before and 9% from last year at this time to a 7.4.

Among show not yet nationally rated, Access Hollywood Live grew 17% week to week to a 0.7/2 in the metered markets.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.9, up 6% from the week before)
  • Ellen (1.6, +14%)
  • Dr. Oz (1.3, +8%), tied with Live with Kelly and Michael (1.3, -13%)
  • Maury (1.2, -8%)
  • Steve Harvey (1.1, +22%)
  • Wendy Williams (1.0, unchanged)
  • Steve Wilkos (0.9, -10%)
  • Queen Latifah (0.8 +14%), tied with Rachael Ray (0.8 +14%)

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 mean not applicable.

TALK SHOWS

1. Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.5 +6%

2. Ellen (WBDTD) 2.8 +8%

3. Live with Kelly and Michael (Disney-ABC) 2.7 -4%

4. Dr. Oz (Sony) 2.3 +15%

5. Maury (NBCU) 1.9 NC

5. Steve Harvey (NBCU) 1.9 +6%

7. Katie (Disney-ABC) 1.5 +7%

8. Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.4 -7%

8. Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.4 NC

10. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.3 +8%

11. Jerry Springer (NBCU) 1.2 -8%

11. Queen Latifah (Sony) 1.2 +9%

13. The Doctors (CTD) 1.1 NC

14. Arsenio (CTD) 0.7 NC

14. Bethenny (WBDTD) 0.7 +17%

16. The Test (CTD) 0.6 NC

17. Trisha (NBCU) 0.5 NC

18. The Better Show (Meredith) 0.2 NC

FRESHMEN TALKERS

1. Queen Latifah (Sony) 1.2 +9%

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2. Arsenio (CTD) 0.7 NC

2. Bethenny (WBDTD) 0.7 +17%

3. The Test (CTD) 0.6 NC

COURT SHOWS

1. Judge Judy (CTD) 7.4 +6%

2. People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.9 +6%

3. Divorce Court (Twentieth) 1.5 +7%

4. Judge Alex (Twentieth) 1.4 NC

4. Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.4 NC

6. Paternity Court (Orion Television) 1.0 NC

MAGAZINE SHOWS

1. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.4 +3%

2. Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1 +3%

3. TMZ (WBDTD) 1.9 +6%

4. Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.6 +7%

5. Extra (WBDTD) 1.5 +7%

6. The Insider (CTD) 1.3 +8%

7. Right This Minute (MGM) 1.1 +10%

8. Dish Nation (Twentieth) 1.0 +11%

9. America Now (Trifecta) 0.3 NC

9. OK! TV (Trifecta) 0.3 NC

GAME SHOWS

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.9 +5%

2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 +5%

3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 5.2 +6%

4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.2 +5%

OFF-NET SITCOMS

1. Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 6.1 NC

2. Modern Family (Twentieth) 4.2 NC

3. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 3.4 +3%

4. Family Guy (Twentieth) 2.6 NC

5. Seinfeld (Sony) 1.9 +6%

6. The Cleveland Show (Twentieth) 1.8 NC

6. Friends (WBDTD) 1.8 NC

8. How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) 1.6** -11%

8. King of the Hill (Twentieth) 1.6 +7%

8. The Middle (WBDTD) 1.6 NC

10. Rules of Engagement (Sony) 1.4 +8%

OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS

1. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 4.1 +24%

2. Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 3.3 -3%

3. House (NBCU) 2.8 -13%

4. Criminal Minds (CTD) 2.4 +4%

5. Castle (Disney-ABC) 2.2 -12%

6. CSI: Miami (CTD) 2.0 -5%


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