Syndication Ratings: Gavelers surge, dating shows in hot pursuit

Aug 19, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Court shows found an unexpected spike for the week ending Aug. 4, with relationship shows surging right behind, according to Nielsen Media Research.
All seven court shows went up for the week and, with July officially behind them, half the veterans showed improvement for the month vs. last year’s numbers.
Twentieth’s “Divorce Court” and Warner Bros.’ “Judge Greg Mathis” and “The People’s Court” were all up in households in July-to-July comparisons. For the week, “Divorce Court” earned a 2.8 rating for an 8 percent jump but averaged a 2.6 for the month of July for a 4 percent increase year to year. “Mathis” was aided in a format change this season and tracked 16 percent ahead of last July with a 2.2 monthly rating. For the week, “Mathis” rose 5 percent to a 2.3. “The People’s Court” continued to rise with a 1.9 average in the month of July (an increase of 6 percent in households) and earned a 2.0 for the week.
Paramount’s “Judge Judy” continued to hold the top spot at a 5.2, up 6 percent for the week. The studio’s “Judge Joe Brown” rose 7 percent to a 3.1. Twentieth’s rookie “Texas Justice” held on to the title of top first-run rookie strip with a 2.1 showing, a rise of 5 percent. Columbia TriStar’s “Judge Hatchett” grew 6 percent to a 1.7.
Making a strong challenge to “Texas Justice,” however, was Telepictures’ “Elimidate,” which broke its ratings record for the second week in a row. Despite the lack of a New York clearance, the series hit a new high of 2.0, surpassing “Blind Date” for the first time.
Other relationship series followed suit in delivering a strong week. Telepictures’ “Change of Heart” rose 14 percent to a 1.6 and Universal’s “The 5th Wheel” was up 7 percent to a 1.5. “Blind Date” was unchanged at a 1.9 rating.