Dr. Phil and Steve Harvey Do Big Business

In the week ending Jan. 13, Dr. Phil regained the top spot among talkers while Steve Harvey climbed 14%. Other strong performers included Ellen, OMG Insider, Judge Judy, Wheel and Big Bang.

Dr. Phil (CTD) surged back into the talk show lead in the first non-holiday week of the new year while Steve Harvey (NBCU) had his best week ever and the new OMG Insider (CTD) opened with improved ratings and demographics.

Talk Shows

The session ending Jan. 13 was a big one for Phil, which clocked the largest week-to-week increase of any talk show in the top 10, soaring 23% to a 3.2 and opening up a sizeable gap on the other talkers. Syndication’s most popular doctor has now grown 39% in two weeks and has won the weekly talk race 14 times this season.

Ellen (WBDTD) was also flying high in the frame, jumping 17% to a second-place 2.7, and improving 13% from last year at this time. Live with Kelly and Michael (Disney-ABC) took a 4% breather after leading the category for three weeks in a row and finished a close third with a 2.6. Dr. Oz (Sony) was up 13% to a new season high 2.6, tying Live; and Maury (NBCU) advanced 5% to a 2.3.

Among the most recent talk entries, Katie (Disney-ABC), syndication’s No. 1 new show, scored its highest rating in two months, growing 5% to a 2.0. The recently renewed Harvey climbed 14% to a new series high 1.6; Jeff Probst (CTD) held steady at a 0.8, tying Ricki Lake (Twentieth), which added 14% to a 0.8; while Trisha (NBCU) rallied 25% to a 0.5.

Magazine Shows


On the magazine front, the week marked the first appearance of OMG Insider, which was up 7% from what The Insider averaged in the prior week to a 1.5 in households and up 17% in the women 18-49 demo.

Leader Entertainment Tonight (CTD) also steamed ahead 6% from the previous frame to a 3.8 in what was a strong week for the genre. Inside Edition (CTD) picked up 10% to a 3.2; TMZ (WBDTD) rose 6% to a 1.9; Access Hollywood (NBCU) spurted 6% to a 1.8; Extra (WBDTD) matched its season high with a 7% spike to a 1.6, growing 23% in two weeks; while freshman Dish Nation (Twentieth) was flat at a 0.9.

Court Shows

Judge Judy (CTD), the court show gold standard, continued to trounce every other strip in daytime, leaping 11% from the week before to a 7.3. Judge Joe Brown (CTD) was also on the move, picking up 4% to a 2.5. People’s Court (WBDTD) sank 5% to a 1.9, while Judge Mathis (WBDTD) softened 6% to a 1.5.

Game Shows

Among the games, Wheel of Fortune (CTD) rolled to a new season high 7.6, up 10% from the week before. Jeopardy (CTD) answered with a 13% gain to a new season high 6.8; Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) also hit a new season high, up 6% to a 5.4; while Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) and rookie Baggage (GSN) were unchanged at 2.4 an 1.2, respectively.

Off-Net Sitcoms

In off-net syndication, Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) heated up 3% to a 7.6, tying Wheel of Fortune at the top of the syndication chart. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) added 4% to a 5.5; Family Guy (Twentieth) climbed 8% to a 3.9; while How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) lost 6% to a 2.9.

Off-Net Weekly Hours

Among off-net weekly hours, Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) continued to hold the lead but slipped 10% to a 4.4. Law & Order (NBCU) and Criminal Minds (CTD) were flat week to week at 3.0 and 2.7, respectively. Meanwhile, House (NBCU) was assessed 11% lower at a 2.4, tying CSI: Miami (CTD), which also headed south, losing 8% to a 2.4.

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