Syndication Ratings: `Raymond’ rockets into No. 3 sitcom spot

Oct 15, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Don’t tell its star’s jealous TV brother Robert, but “Everybody Loves Raymond” is being widely embraced by local TV viewers in the show’s off-network debut, according to the latest weekly Nielsen Syndication Service ranking report.
Making its first showing in an NSS report for the week of Sept. 24 to 30, King World Productions/CBS’s “Raymond” shot out of the gate with a 4.2 rating in households nationally-becoming the third-highest-rated sitcom strip in syndication. “Raymond,” the fourth freshman off-net series to debut on local stations this season, came in behind rerun stalwarts “Seinfeld” (5.9 rating) and “Friends” (5.2) and ahead of “Frasier” (3.3).
“Raymond” was the clear the front-runner of the new sitcom strips, with Columbia TriStar Television Distribution’s “Just Shoot Me” coming in second at a 2.8 rating in households-though it moved up 22 percent from its previous week’s 2.3 average. One of the few off-WB sitcom strips to hit the syndie ranks, “The Steve Harvey Show,” had a 1.2 rating, representing a 9 percent jump from its previous week’s 1.1 average.
Among the hour-long dramas to enter weekend syndication, Twentieth Television’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” broke out at a 2.7 rating nationally-making it the highest-rated debut of an off-network hour since “ER” entered reruns in fall 1998. “Buffy’s” off-net stablemate from Twentieth, “The Practice,” was just one-tenth lower at a 2.6 rating for the most recent week.
New first-run talk show strips, by comparison, continue to find viewer sampling to be a tougher nut to crack. Studios USA Domestic Television’s “Crossing Over With John Edward” remained the highest-rated new talker at a 1.6 rating, off 6 percent from its previous weekly outing (1.7). From there, King World’s “The Ananda Lewis Show” (see story, this page) and Buena Vista Television’s “Iyanla” came in at identical 1.1 ratings, down 15 percent and 8 percent, respectively, from their previous weekly outings. It got worse for NBC Enterprises’ “The Other Half” (1.0 rating) and Tribune Entertainment’s “Talk or Walk” (0.7), both of which appeared flat in terms of viewership.
For the new first-run dating strips, which largely hold late-fringe time slots, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution’s “Elimidate” held the high ground at a 1.0 rating, followed by Columbia Tri- Star’s “Shipmates” (0.9) and Paramount Domestic Television’s “Rendez-View” (0.9). The latter two strips were up 13 percent week to week.
Paramount’s new film-preview weekly, “Hot Ticket,” debuted at a 1.5 rating nationally, giving it the honor of being the second-highest-rated premiere of a weekend half-hour in five years.
Among the returning first-run strips, King World’s “Wheel of Fortune” (8.8 rating) and “Jeopardy!” (7.2) held their perennial top rankings-improving 26 percent and 16 percent year to year with special thematic stunting. Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight” turned in a third-ranked 6.5 rating in households, moving up 8 percent week to week and gaining its highest scores since March 2001.
King World’s “Oprah Winfrey Show” (5.7 rating) led the veteran talkers, followed by Buena Vista’s “Live With Regis and Kelly” (3.8) and Studios USA’s “Jerry Springer” (2.8). Among the court strips, Paramount’s “Judge Judy” (5.4 rating) and “Judge Joe Brown” (3.1) held the top slots, followed by Twentieth’s “Divorce Court” (2.6) and Warner Bros.’ “Judge Mathis” (2.1). Tribune’s “Andromeda” (2.4) remained the top-ranked first-run weekly action-adventure hour.