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Court strips gain viewers

May 20, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Court shows continued to climb the ratings charts as May sweeps officially kicked off for the strips, according to Nielsen Media Research data for the week ending May 5.
In year-to-year comparisons, only one court show failed to show growth for the first week of the May book, with six of the seven veterans up over last year. The season’s sole rookie in the genre, Twentieth Television’s “Texas Justice,” showed the biggest week-to-week increase of any strip in syndication.
The leader of the genre continues to be “Judge Judy,” which scored a 5.9 household rating for a 4 percent rise vs. the same period in 2001 and a 2 percent climb for the week. In the genre’s most active demographic, women 25 to 54, “Judy” earned a 3.3 for the week.
Paramount Domestic Television’s “Judge Joe Brown” took second-place honors with a 3.4 household rating, holding even for the week but rising 6 percent over its year-ago average. Among women 25 to 54, the strip is up 5 percent vs. last year with a rating of 2.0.
Twentieth’s “Divorce Court” took the bronze with a 2.7 household rating, climbing 4 percent from the previous week and from its rating a year ago. In women 25 to 54, however, the strip earned a 1.5 rating, rising 7 percent from 2001.
Tied for fourth place so far this sweeps are newcomer “Texas Justice” and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution’s “Judge Greg Mathis” with 2.2 household ratings. “Justice” retook first place among all rookie first-run strips with a rise this week of 16 percent. “Mathis” is up 16 percent year to year and scored a 1.5 rating among women 25 to 54.
“The People’s Court” showed the most growth of any court series, up 18 percent year to year with a 2.0 rating and a 1.1 rating among women 25 to 54 ( up 22 percent). Columbia TriStar Domestic Television’s “Judge Hatchett” rose 6 percent for the week in households but is down 11 percent for the year at a 1.7 rating. The series’ 0.8 score in women 25 to 54 is off 33 percent vs. a year ago.#