‘Wheel,’ ‘Oprah’ Retain Top Syndie Spots

Oct 14, 2004  •  Post A Comment

King World once again dominated the top four spots in syndication for the week ended Oct. 3, thanks to game show stalwart “Wheel of Fortune,” talker “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” quiz show “Jeopardy!” and off-net sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

“Wheel of Fortune” scored an 8.2 household rating, down one percent from the previous week’s No. 1 performance, according to Nielsen Media Research. “Oprah” stayed the same week to week with a 7.3, while “Jeopardy!” dropped 3 percent to a 6.9. “Raymond” was flat with a 6.2.

Among first-season first runs, Paramount’s “The Insider” was at the top of the pack with a 2.4, up 4 percent from the previous week. NBC Universal’s “The Jane Pauley Show” was second with a 1.4, down 7 percent from the previous week. Buena Vista’s “the Tony Danza Show” was up 9 percent for the week with a 1.2.

The weekend version of “The Insider” grew in its second week, up 31 percent from the previous week’s debut of 1.6 to a 2.1 rating. In the scripted weekly genre, King World’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” fell 2 percent from last week, to a 4.8. That was still more than double the rating of its nearest competitor, “The West Wing,” which scored a 1.9.

Among new half-hour off-nets, 20th Television’s “Malcolm in the Middle” scored a 3.0, up 7 percent from the previous week. Both Paramount’s “Girlfriends” and 20th Television’s “Yes, Dear” scored a 1.5, which “Girlfriends” flat and “Yes, Dear” up 7 percent for the week.