WEEKLY SYNDICATION RATINGS ROUNDUP

‘Judge Judy’ Climbs To An 11-Year High

The Queen of Court posts an 8.6 in the week ending Feb. 9. Among the talkers, Dr. Phil, Live with Kelly and Michael, Wendy Williams and Trisha show improvement from the previous week.

The top two talk shows — Dr. Phil and Live with Kelly and Michael — soared to multi-year ratings records in the first full week of the February sweep.

However, only two other talkers were able to improve from the week before, in the session ending Feb. 9: Wendy Williams, which added 6% to a 1.7 and gained 31% from last year, and Trisha, which scored a new series high and surged 40% from last year.

Talk leader Dr. Phil posted its highest in five years, climbing 5% from the previous week and 24% from last year at this time to a first-place 4.1. Phil was also No. 1 among women 25-54 by a significant margin.

Live with Kelly and Michael, which has been the No. 2 talker this season, clocked its best ratings since the week of Nov. 14, 2011, growing 6% week to week and 29% from last year.

On the other hand, 14 talk shows were flat or down from the prior week as PUT levels declined and many viewers began to focus on the Winter Olympics, which began in primetime on Feb. 6. However, Maury hit a new season high among women 25-54 and Steve Harvey improved 31% from last year.

Elsewhere in daytime, court show standout Judge Judy dominated the entire syndicated ratings chart for the 22nd time in the past 24 weeks, zooming to its biggest rating in 11 years, an 8.6, which was a 15% increase over the same week last year.

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In access, almost all the top magazine shows maintained their season-high ratings from the prior session, due in part to viewer interest in the sudden death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Shows moving up from last year at this time included leader Entertainment Tonight, which gained 2% from last year; Inside Edition, which rose 3% year to year to a new season high; Access Hollywood, which advanced 11% to a new season high; Extra, which ballooned 19% from last year; and Dish Nation, which grew 10% from a year ago.

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In off-net syndication, freshmen sitcom leader Modern Family set a new high in households with a 5.2, jumping 2% from the week before.

Among shows not yet nationally cleared, Access Hollywood Live averaged a 0.9 rating/3 share in 15 metered markets, up 13% from February 2013.

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

  • Dr. Phil (2.3, unchanged from the week before)
  • Ellen (2.0, unchanged)
  • Live with Kelly and Michael (1.9, unchanged)
  • Maury (1.6, +7%)
  • Dr. Oz (1.3, -13%), tied with Wendy Williams (1.3, unchanged)
  • Steve Harvey (1.2, -14%)
  • Steve Wilkos (1.1, unchanged)

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) 4.1* +5%

2. Live with Kelly and Michael (Disney-ABC) 3.6* +6%

3. Ellen (WBDTD) 3.3 NC

4. Dr. Oz (Sony) 2.4 NC

5. Maury (NBCU) 2.3 NC

6. Steve Harvey (NBCU) 2.1 -5%

7. Katie (Disney-ABC) 1.8 -5%

8. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.7 NC

8. Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.7 +6%

10. Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.6 NC

11. Jerry Springer (NBCU) 1.4 NC

11. The Doctors (CTD) 1.4 NC

13. Queen Latifah (Sony) 1.2 -8%

14. Bethenny (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

15. Arsenio (CTD) 0.7 NC

15. The Test (CTD) 0.7 NC

15. Trisha (NBCU) 0.7* +17%

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18. The Better Show (Meredith) 0.2 NC

FRESHMEN TALKERS

1. Queen Latifah (Sony) 1.2 -8%

2. Bethenny (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

3. Arsenio (CTD) 0.7 NC

3. The Test (CTD) 0.7 NC

COURT SHOWS

1. Judge Judy (CTD) 8.6* +5%

2. People’s Court (WBDTD) 2.1 NC

3. Divorce Court (Twentieth) 1.8 -10%

3. Judge Alex (Twentieth) 1.8 NC

5. Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.7 -11%

6. Paternity Court (Orion Television) 1.2 NC

MAGAZINE SHOWS

1. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 4.1 NC

2. Inside Edition (CTD) 3.5* +9%

3. TMZ (WBDTD) 2.1 -5%

3. Access Hollywood (NBCU) 2.1* +5%

5. Extra (WBDTD) 1.8 NC

6. The Insider (CTD) 1.5 -6%

7. Right This Minute (MGM) 1.1 -15%

7. Dish Nation (Twentieth) 1.1 +10%

9. America Now (Trifecta) 0.4 -20%

10. OK! TV (Trifecta) 0.3 +50%

GAME SHOWS

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.6 -4%

2. Jeopardy (CTD) 7.3 +1%

3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 6.0 -5%

4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.4 +9%

OFF-NET SITCOMS

1. Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 7.0* +1%

2. Modern Family (Twentieth) 5.2* +2%

3. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 4.0 -2%

4. Family Guy (Twentieth) 3.1 +3%

5. How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) 2.3 NC

6. Friends (WBDTD) 1.9 -5%

6. The Cleveland Show (Twentieth) 1.9 NC

6. Seinfeld (Sony) 1.9 +6%

9. Rules of Engagement (Sony) 1.7 NC

10. The Middle (WBDTD) 1.6 -6%

10. King of the Hill (Twentieth) 1.6 NC

12. Community (Sony) 0.4 -20%

OFF-NET WEEKLY HOURS

1. Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 4.2 -5%

2. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 4.0 +18%

3. House (NBCU) 3.8 +12%

4. Criminal Minds (CTD) 2.4 -8%

5. Castle (Disney-ABC) 2.1 -5%

6. CSI: Miami (CTD) 1.9 -21%


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