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Syndication Ratings: Court series sport growth

Jun 17, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Although the World Cup, the French Open and the NBA and NHL finals all tried to wreak havoc on syndicators, the results were at best minimal, since several shows gained ground during the week ending June 2. According to Nielsen Media Research, the three top weekly hours all showed gains coming off the May sweeps period, while Twentieth continued to make gains on the daytime side of the game.
Twentieth Television’s two court shows, “Divorce Court” and rookie “Texas Justice,” had strong weeks entering June, with veteran “Divorce Court” continuing to grow coming off a strong May book. “Divorce Court” grew 7 percent for the week to a 2.9 rating in households and is up 16 percent over its year-ago scores. Other veteran court shows to show growth were Telepictures’ “The People’s Court” at a 2.0 for a rise of 5 percent and Columbia TriStar Domestic Television’s “Judge Hatchett” up 6 percent to a 1.8.
Meanwhile, “Texas Justice” continued to climb the charts, tying its season high 2.3, up 15 percent for the week. NBC Enterprises “Weakest Link” secured second place among first-run rookie strips with a 1.9, though Universal Television’s “Crossing Over With John Edward” slipped to third with a 1.7.
The top weekly hours also had nice increases for the week, with Paramount Domestic Television’s “Entertainment Tonight” weekend edition rising 15 percent to a 3.1, Twentieth’s “The Practice” taking second with a 4 percent jump to a 2.5 and “World’s Wildest Police Videos” tying “The X-Files” at third with a 2.4. “Police Videos” climbed 24 percent for the week.
All the news wasn’t good for syndicators, however. Eight shows hit season lows entering the summer. King World Productions’ tandem “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” were off 6 percent and 11 percent, respectively, to ratings of 7.7 and 6.5. Three of the four newsmagazines hit low marks, since “Inside Edition” slipped 13 percent to a 2.7, “Access Hollywood” dropped 4 percent to a 2.3, and “Extra” dropped 8 percent to a 2.2. Off-net airings of “Just Shoot Me” from Columbia TriStar slid 4 percent to a 2.2.
Among weeklies, Tribune’s “Andromeda” fell 21 percent to a 1.9, while “Stargate SG-1” slid 9 percent to a season-low 2.1.