Syndication Ratings: Several new shows rise above the rest

Sep 24, 2001  •  Post A Comment

A slew of new syndicated shows hit the airwaves last week in virtually every genre and fought off stiff competition from news as well as coverage problems from signal losses throughout New York City. According to overnight metered ratings, the week left Twentieth Television on top in both the off-network and first-run arenas as “King of the Hill” and “Texas Justice” both racked up decent scores.
Both series were off slightly compared with year-ago ratings, but without a New York station at full capacity, final judgments on all shows could take months. Nevertheless, “Texas Justice” scored the best debut of any new first-run strip so far this season among metered markets with a 2.0 rating and 6 share before settling in to a 1.8/5 average through Sept. 19.
Telepictures Distribution’s relationship strip “Elimidate” landed second among debuts for the week with a 1.4/3 average during the three days on mostly late-night clearances. The strip performed especially well on KCAL-TV, Los Angeles, where it scored a 2.8/5 on its premiere-up 27 percent from what the station had been doing the same time last year.
Rival relationship series “Rendez View” from Paramount Domestic Television stayed close with a 1.2/4 on its metered stations.
The lone talk show to debut last week, Tribune’s “Talk or Walk,” opened with a 1.1/3 and averaged a 0.9/3 over the period, down in share from both its lead-in and last year.
Meanwhile, new game show “Card Sharks” faced difficult time periods to eke out a 0.8/3 for the three days.
Within the off-network flock, Twentieth’s “King of the Hill” pulled a solid start with a 2.8/6 and averaged a 2.7/5 over the first three days of the ratings. Second place went to Columbia TriStar’s “Just Shoot Me.”