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Syndication Ratings: Season highs for series

Jun 3, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Syndication executives were laughing along with audiences, thanks to the performance of off-net sitcoms for the week ending May 19, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Thanks to cable runs, stunting and added double runs, most series wrapped their last full week of May sweeps on a high note. Warner Bros.’ “Friends” took top position in the genre with a 7.3, up 7 percent for the week and rising 33 percent over the same period last year.
Next up was Columbia TriStar’s “Seinfeld” at a 6.2, up 3 percent for the week in households and up 51 percent over the previous year’s score. That was good enough to edge out King World’s freshman “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which came in third with a 5.9, up 4 percent for the week.
Paramount’s “Frasier” continued the trend with a 6 percent rise to a 3.4, although the series is down 33 percent year to year. Freshmen “King of the Hill” and “Just Shoot Me” climbed 3 percent to a 3.2 and 4 percent to a 2.4, respectively.
Warner’s “Drew Carey” was unchanged for the week with a 2.2, while Carsey-Werner’s “3rd Rock From the Sun” jumped 11 percent to a 2.0.
The big decline in the genre came from Paramount’s “Spin City,” which had its worst week ever in syndication, sliding 13 percent to a 1.3 and down 43 percent vs. the same week last year-the most year-to-year erosion of any sitcom.
In other genres, “Wheel of Fortune” was up 1 percent for the week to an 8.7 to lead game shows, and Universal’s “Blind Date” slipped 10 percent from last week but still held the No. 1 spot among relationship shows with a 1.8. King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” slid 3 percent on a weekly basis to a 5.6 but continues to dominate among talk shows.
Compared with the previous week, Paramount’s “Judge Judy” and “Entertainment Tonight” were up 5 percent to a 5.8 and down 3 percent to a 5.6, respectively.
Among rookie first-run strips, Twentieth’s “Texas Justice” was unchanged with a 2.2.