Syndie Talk Show Rankings Become Clearer as Fall Season Gets Up to Speed TVWeek

The pattern for fall 2012 continues to take shape in the hotly contested ratings fight among syndicated talk shows -- and with most shows now having unveiled their fall premieres, the early leader in the key demo of women 25-54 is NBCUniversal’s “Maury.”

For the week of Sept. 17, the veteran talker delivered a 1.7 average rating in women 25-54, up from a 1.4 a year ago. That edged “Dr. Phil’s” 1.6 -- even with a year ago -- and topped “Ellen” and “Live with Kelly & Michael,” tied at 1.5. “Dr. Oz” kept pace with a 1.4, but that was off from a 1.7 a year earlier. “Ellen” was even with a year ago, while “Kelly” was up one-tenth of a ratings point.

The top veterans outperformed the crowded field of rookies for the week, with “Katie” at the head of that pack with a 1.0 in women 25-54.

In households, “Dr. Phil” led the field with a 3.1 average rating for the week, followed by “Live with Kelly and Michael” with a 2.6, “Ellen” with a 2.4 and “Maury” and “Dr. Oz” tied for fourth with 2.3 averages. “Katie” led the rookies with a 1.8.