‘Ellen,’ ‘Millionaire’ Set Records

Feb 9, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Two sophomores and a rookie hit all-time highs in syndication for the week ending Jan. 25, when strips “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” broke plateaus and weekly half-hour “The Chris Matthews Show” soared.
A handful of veterans scored season bests, too, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Rookie hit “Ellen” had its best mark ever, breaking the 2.0 ratings barrier. The freshman series from Telepictures rose 11 percent week to week to its 2.0 household rating, up 43 percent from its September premiere.
Among other rookies, Telepictures’ “The Sharon Osbourne Show” held even at a 1.3 for the week, NBC Enterprises’ “Starting Over” rose 10 percent to 1.1 and King World’s “Living It Up! With Ali & Jack” was unchanged at 0.9.
Twentieth’s “On-Air With Ryan Seacrest,” which debuted in January, held even in household ratings but was up across the board in all key demographics, including adults 18 to 34 and adults 18 to 49. The series now boasts the youngest median viewing age of any syndicated talk show at 33.1 years.
Among game shows, Buena Vista’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” scored its best rating ever, a 4.0. That number is up 3 percent for the week and up 11 percent over last year. King World’s “Jeopardy!” hit a season high with a 4 percent jump to 8.1.
Telepictures’ “Judge Greg Mathis” recorded the biggest increase of any series in the court show genre, moving up 14 percent to a 2.5 for its best outing in two years. Year to year, the series is up 19 percent.
Off-network strip “Seinfeld” scored a season high for distributor Sony, rising 11 percent to a 7.2.
Among weeklies, NBC Enterprises’ “The Chris Matthews Show” had a 27 percent jump following the first primaries to an all-time best 2.8, 47 percent above its season average of 1.9.