WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

Courts And Games Have An Up Week

Most in the two genres post ratings increases from the previous week. Among shows hitting new season highs in the week ending Oct. 27 were Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Paternity Court, Divorce Court, Family Feud and Judge Alex.

Ratings for four of the top five magazines surged in the pre-sweep week ending Oct. 27, with coverage of Kanye West’s spectacular proposal to Kim Kardashian at the San Francisco Giants’ baseball stadium that he had rented along with an orchestra.

Leader Entertainment Tonight was the highest rated mag for the 900th week in a row; Inside Edition and TMZ saw double-digit increases; Access Hollywood posted its biggest ratings since mid-April and improved 13% from last year; while Extra grew both week to week and year to year despite being preempted 28 times by World Series Games.

In daytime, Dr. Phil topped the talkers for the 10th consecutive and opened up its widest lead yet over the field this season. Live with Kelly and Michael and Ellen were neck and neck in second place, with both up from last year, while a steady Dr. Oz was not far behind.

Steve Harvey gained the most of any talk show from last year, climbing 42%, and teammate Steve Wilkos strengthened week to week, while Wendy Williams had the second-best year-to-year gain, up 40%.

Among the rookies, Queen Latifah ruled the category for the sixth week in a row, however fellow newcomer Bethenny shot up 33% week to week among women 25-54 to a 0.8, and for the first time topped Queen, which posted a 0.6 in the key demo after being preempted in some markets, including New York. In latenighrt, Arsenio held firm.

At the very top of the syndication chart, Judge Judy rose and finished No. 1 among all of first run for the 26th straight week. Another courtroom with a good week was Divorce Court, which had its highest rating since Feb. 20, 2012.

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

  • Ellen (1.8, up 6% from the week before)
  • Dr. Phil (1.7, unchanged)
  • Live with Kelly and Michael (1.6, +7%)
  • Dr. Oz (1.2, unchanged), tied with Maury (1.2, -8%)
  • Steve Harvey (1.0, -9%), tied with Wendy Williams (1.0, unchanged)
  • Katie (0.9 unchanged)

In the household rating rankings that follow, * indicates a new season high rating; ** indicates a new season low; % change is from the previous week; NC indicates no change from the previous week.

TALK SHOWS

1. Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.0 NC

2. Live with Kelly and Michael (Disney-ABC) 2.6 -4%

2. Ellen (WBDTD) 2.6 +4%

4. Dr. Oz (Sony) 2.0 NC

5. Maury (NBCU) 1.9 -5%

6. Katie (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC

6. Steve Harvey (NBCU) 1.7 NC

8. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.4 NC

8. Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.4 NC

10. Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.3 +8%

11. Jerry Springer (NBCU) 1.2 NC

11. The Doctors (CTD) 1.2 NC

13. Queen Latifah  (Sony) 1.1 NC

14. Bethenny (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

15. Arsenio (CTD) 0.7 NC

16. The Test (CTD) 0.6NC

17. Trisha (NBCU) 0.5 NC

18. The Better Show (Meredith) 0.2 NC

FRESHMEN TALKERS

1. Queen Latifah (Sony) 1.1 NC

2. Bethenny (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

3. Arsenio (CTD) 0.7 NC

4. The Test (CTD) 0.6 NC

COURT SHOWS

1. Judge Judy (CTD) 7.1 +6%

2. People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.7 +6%

3. Divorce Court (Twentieth) 1.6* +14%

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3. Judge Alex (Twentieth) 1.6* +7%

5. Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.5 NC

6. Paternity Court (MGM) 1.0* +25%

MAGAZINE SHOWS

1. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.8 NC

2. Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1* +11%

3. TMZ (WBDTD) 1.9 +19%

4. Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.8* +6%

5. Extra (WBDTD) 1.6 +7%

6. OMG! Insider (CTD) 1.4 -7%

7. Dish Nation (Twentieth) 1.0 +11%

7. Right This Minute (MGM) 1.0 +11%

9. America Now (Trifecta) 0.3 NC

10. OK! TV (Trifecta) 0.2 NC

GAME SHOWS

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.0* +6%

2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1* +5%

3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.7* +2%

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

OFF-NET SITCOMS

1. Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 5.9 +5%

2. Modern Family (Twentieth) 4.2 +8%

3. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 3.6 -3

4. Family Guy (Twentieth) 2.9 +12%

5. How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) 2.0 NC

6. The Cleveland Show (Twentieth) 1.9 +6%

7. King of the Hill (Twentieth) 1.7 +6%

7. Seinfeld (Sony) 1.7 +6%

7. Rules of Engagement (Sony) 1.7* +13

10. Friends (WBDTD) 1.6 -6%

11. The Middle (WBDTD) 1.5* +7%

12. Community (Sony) 0.4 NC

ROOKIE OFF-NET SITCOMS

1. Modern Family (Twentieth) 4.2 +8%

2. The Cleveland Show (Twentieth) 1.9 +6%

3. The Middle (WBDTD) 1.5* +7%

4. Community (Sony) 0.4 NC

OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS

1. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 4.6 NC

2. Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 3.5 NC

2. House (NBCU) 3.5* +17%

4. Criminal Minds (CTD) 2.2 -8%

4. Castle (Disney-ABC) 2.2 +5%

6. CSI Miami (CTD) 2.1 +5%


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