WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

Doubly Strong Week For Steve Harvey

He’s on a syndication roll, garnering all-time highs for both his eponymous talk show and the game he hosts, Family Feud.

The session ending Jan. 24 was a banner week for two daytime strips — talker Steve Harvey, which hit the highest ratings in its four-year history, and sophomore court show Hot Bench, which also scored new all-time high numbers.

Harvey clocked the strongest week-to-week increase of any talker, rocketing 21% to a show record 2.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and more than 3.l million viewers. The show also had a huge demo increase, soaring 22% among women 25-54.

The gains were ignited by episodes with newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and first runner-up from Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez. Of course, Harvey made pageant history when he mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the contest winner.

Hot Bench, the standout second-year gaveler created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, improved 4% for the week and 44% from last year to a best-ever 2.6 rating and 3.7 million viewers.

Meanwhile, Steve Harvey also made ratings news as the host of Family Feud, which hit a new all-time high for the current edition of the series, surging 7% to a 7.5.

Dr. Phil continued to be the No. 1 talk show with a 6% advance to a 3.4, matching its season high.

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Live with Kelly & Michael, which is also enjoying a big year, rose 3% to a second-place 3.2. Among women 25-54, Phil again finished first with a 1.6 in the key demo.

Other talkers in the top seven on the upswing were Ellen, which added 4% to a 2.8, and Rachael Ray, which climbed 6% to a new season high 1.7. Compared to last year at this time, Ray gained the most of any talk show, improving 21%.

Also notching a new season high was Meredith Vieira, which grew 10% to a 1.1, tying The Real and The Doctors, both of which held steady at a 1.1.

Among the daytime rookies in first run, Crime Watch Daily was tops for the 19th straight week, holding firm at its season high 1.0. Crazy Talk, another newcomer, spurted 20% to a 0.6.

In access, entertainment mags were hot with leader Entertainment Tonight jumping 6% to a new season high 3.8, and its sister show, The Insider, spiking 8% to a new season high 1.4.

Also burning up the chart was Access Hollywood, which rose for the fourth week in a row, strengthening 6% to a 1.9 and equaling its season high.

Judge Judy was the No. 1 strip in all of syndication for the 30th time in the last 31 weeks, rising 3% for the week and 11% from last year to a 7.9, matching its season high.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.6, +7% from the previous week)
  • Live with Kelly & Michael (1.5, unchanged), tied with Ellen DeGeneres (1.5, unchanged)
  • Maury (1.3, unchanged)
  • Wendy Williams (1.2, unchanged)
  • Steve Harvey (1.1, +22%)
  • Steve Wilkos (1.0, +9%)
  • Rachael Ray (0.9, +13%)

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) 3.4 +6%

2. Live with Kelly & Michael (Disney-ABC) 3.2 +3%

3. Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.8 +4%

4. Steve Harvey (NBCU) 2.3* +21%

5. Maury (NBCU) 1.9 NC

6. Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.7 NC

6. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.7* +6%

8. Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.6 NC

9. Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.5 NC

10. Jerry Springer (NBCU) 1.4 NC

11. The Real (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

11. The Doctors (CTD) 1.1 NC

11. Meredith Vieira (NBCU) 1.1* +10%

DAYTIME ROOKIE SHOWS

1. Crime Watch Daily (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

2. FABLife (Disney) 0.8 -11%

3. Crazy Talk (NBCU) 0.6 +20%

COURT SHOWS

1. Judge Judy (CTD) 7.9 +3%

2. Hot Bench (CTD) 2.6* +4%

3. People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.9 -5%

4. Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.6* +7%

5. Divorce Court (Twentieth) 1.3 NC

6. Judge Faith (Trifecta) 0.9 NC

MAGAZINE SHOWS

1. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.8* +6%

2. Inside Edition (CTD) 3.3 +3%

3. TMZ (WBDTD) 1.9 NC

3. Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.9 +6%

5. Extra (WBDTD) 1.5 NC

6. The Insider (CTD) 1.4* +8%

7. Dish Nation (Twentieth) 1.0 NC

8. OK! TV (Trifecta) 0.3 NC

GAME SHOWS

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.8* +7%

2. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.5* +7%

3. Jeopardy (CTD) 7.2* +9%

4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5* +7%

4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.5 +7%

INTERNET VIDEO

1. Right This Minute (MGM) 1.2 NC

OFF-NET SITCOMS

1. Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 6.4 +3%

2. Modern Family (Twentieth) 3.5 NC

3. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 3.0 +3%

4. Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 2.3* +5%

5. Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 2.2 +5%

6. Family Guy (Twentieth) 2.1 -9%

6. Seinfeld (Sony) 2.1* +17%

8. How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) 1.7 NC

8. The Cleveland Show (Twentieth) 1.7 +6%

10. King of the Hill (Twentieth) 1.4 +8%

OFF-NET WEEKLY HOUR DRAMAS

1. Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 5.2 +4%

2. The Closer (WBDTD) 2.7 NC

3. Blue Bloods (CTD) 2.1 -16%

4. Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +6%

5. Scandal (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%

6. The Mentalist (WBDTD) 1.5 +7%


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