‘Serch’ Ending Tryout Early With Good Marks

The planned four-week test in eight Tribune market is ending today after just three weeks, with expectations that it will be back in the fall, sources say. Through yesterday, the talk show averaged a 1.0 household rating and 2 share. Ratings this week grew 11% over the second week.


The conflict-resolution talk show Serch with MC Serch is finishing its test run today after three weeks — one week earlier than originally planned — with solid ratings that suggest it may be back for a full season starting this fall, according to industry souces.

Serch, from CBS Television Distribution, is being tested on eight Tribune Broadcasting stations, including WPIX New York and KTLA Los Angeles.

Through yesterday, the show averaged a 1.0 household rating and 2 share, flat to a year ago but slightly down from its lead-in average 1.2/3, based on Nielsen ratings.

The show’s rating is moving in the right direction. In its third week, it’s up 11% from the week earlier.

It’s also on par in its test with NBCUniversal shows Steve Wilkos and Jerry Springer, which nationally this season have a 1.3 household rating and a 1.2 household rating, respectively.

On Thursday, among women 25-54, Serch had a 0.7, up from a 0.6 last year and flat to its lead-in average.


CTD, which this week confirmed its court show Hot Bench is a firm go for this fall, may also move forward with Serch. The syndicated TV marketplace NATPE kicks off this weekend in Miami Beach, Fla.

CTD had no comment.

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Ben Short says:

January 26, 2014 at 2:08 am

Loved the show. It was a perfect blend for the day. It had all the elements of a true destination and exit point. I liked the conflict and the resolution which leaves the viewer with closure at the end. I look forward to more in the fall. I think the audiences appreciated the platform set up by the producers to create something that lasts past the timeslot.

Jamie Floyd says:

January 31, 2014 at 5:51 pm

I am so upset to find out about the show. I really enjoyed it and I hate talk shows, but Serch was about real everyday issues where he helped to look for resolutions. He hosted with respect and integrity, he demonstrated his compassion for his guest and audience. No profanity, fighting, or calling others out of their name. He also walked the talk by his demonstration of love, honor, and dedication for family life !! I look forward to seeing him in the future I learned from his show one ex is there is no but behind I love you, I now practice with my own family and in my marriage. !! In the words of his loving wife Chantell Say what you mean, and mean what you say.. A Fan For Life !!

Tom Wixford says:

February 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

I am upset that the show ended early. I didn’t even know the show was over. Please bring the best show back on. I look forward to taping it on my dvr everyday. How long do i have to wait? I love SERCH.

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