Survey Says ‘Feud’ on Rise

Nov 3, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Tribune’s game show strip “Family Feud” continued to uptrend for the week ending Oct. 19, taking over fourth place among game shows.
“Feud” eclipsed King World’s “Hollywood Squares,” rising 5 percent week to week to a 2.1 household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. Compared with the same period last season, “Feud” is up 24 percent. “Hollywood Squares” was unchanged for the week at a 2.0; however, year to year the strip is down 17 percent.
Among other game shows, Buena Vista’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” maintained its own ratings momentum, up 3 percent to a 3.2 score and third place in the genre. That number is up 19 percent from the previous year. First-place honors once again went to King World’s “Wheel of Fortune” at an 8.4 rating, down 3 percent for the week and 12 percent year to year. “Jeopardy!” took the silver at a 6.6 despite being down 1 percent for the week and off 11 percent from last year. Sony’s “Pyramid” grew 13 percent for the week to a 1.8, up 6 percent year to year.
Among first-run rookie strips, Telepictures’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and NBC’s “Starting Over” both saw their ratings bloom. “Ellen” and “The Sharon Osbourne Show” tied atop the pack at a 1.4 as “Ellen” rose 8 percent for the week and had its best week yet in the key women demos. “Sharon” fell 8 percent during the same period.
“Starting Over” broke the 1.0 barrier for the first time, moving into a tie for second place as part of its recent rating uptick. The series was up 11 percent to 1.0, tying King World’s “Living It Up! With Ali & Jack,” which was unchanged week to week. Rounding out the pack was Buena Vista’s “The Wayne Brady Show,” falling 10 percent to a 0.9 score.
The big mover among court shows saw Sony’s “Judge Hatchett,” which rose 18 percent to a 2.0, tying for fifth place with Telepictures’ “Judge Mathis” and Twentieth’s “Texas Justice.” Genre leader “Judge Judy” was up 4 percent for the week to a 4.8. The only court show to dip was Paramount’s “Judge Joe Brown,” which fell 6 percent to a 3.2 score.