‘Jeopardy,’ ‘Ellen’ Open Strong, ‘Jane Pauley’ Improves

Sep 7, 2004  •  Post A Comment

King World’s game show institution “Jeopardy” and Telepictures’ talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” had strong season premieres on Monday, while the second week for newcomer “The Jane Pauley Show” saw signs of improvement.

According to Nielsen Media Research, “Jeopardy” scored an impressive 8.7 rating and 16 share in its primary runs, up 19 percent from its last season premiere average of 7.3/14, and up a whopping 45 percent from its average lead-in of 6.0/11. The Labor Day ratings did not include six metered markets in Florida because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Frances. “Jeopardy,” which started its 21st season with media sensation Ken Jennings continuing his winning streak, shows a 24 percent increase over its Labor Day 2003 numbers, when it scored a 7.0/12.

“Ellen’s” second season premiere scored a 3.3 rating and 7 share, winning its time period in five of the top ten markets. It was up 65 percent from last year’s season debut of 2.0/6.

“Pauley” scored a 2.2 rating and 5 share on Monday, up from Friday’s 1.9/5. Monday’s performance gave “Pauley” a 16 percent increase over last week’s average, but was still down 4 percent from its year ago average and 27 percent below its 3.0/7 lead-in.