'Fran Drescher' Test Run Results in Ratings Drop; Show Not Expected to Go to Series B&C

The three-week test run of Debmar-Mercury and Fox's "Fran Drescher" ended last week, with an average 0.6 rating and 2 share in metered markets, representing a 25% drop from its time period and lead-in a year earlier, reports B&C.

The article adds, "In New York, the show averaged a 0.5 rating/2 share, down 29% from last year's year ago time period average. "Fran Drescher" is not expected to be picked up to go to series."

The story also says that across syndicated shows, the holiday season is taking its toll as programs had flat ratings for the week ended Dec. 12.

"Oprah" was tied at a 4.5 live plus same day household rating with "Judge Judy," with "Oprah"'s ratings holding steady while the courtroom show's ratings dropped 2%, the story notes. "Dr. Phil" and "Live with Regis and Kelly" tied for second place at a 2.7, with "Phil" keeping level with households and "Live" adding 4% to reach a new season high, the article notes.