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Dating Shows, ‘Dr. Phil,’ ‘Regis & Kelly’ Gain Viewers

Nov 2, 2004  •  Post A Comment

In a week in which World Series games and special political events forced stations to juggle their schedules and most syndicated shows saw their ratings stay flat or decline, dating programs, “Dr. Phil” and “Live with Regis & Kelly’ all saw growth in the week ended Oct. 24.

NBC Universal’s “Blind Date” saw the biggest increase of any show week to week, jumping 22 percent to a 1.1 household rating, matching its weekly season high, according to Nielsen Media Research. Telepictures’ “Elimidate” was also up, growing 11 percent to a 1.0, also matching its season high.

Among talk show veterans, King World’s “Dr. Phil” was up 2 percent to a 5.3, while Buena Vista’s “Regis & Kelly” grew 3 percent to a 3.5. This gave both shows new season highs.

Among rookie first runs, Paramount’s “The Insider” scored a 2.6, matching its season high. This marked the first time “Insider” beat veteran entertainment magazine show “Access Hollywood,” which scored a 2.4.

NBC Universal’s “The Jane Pauley Show” was up 7 percent to a 1.5. “Buena Vista’s “The Tony Danza Show” was unchanged at a 1.3, matching its season high. Twentieth Television’s “Ambush Makeover” was up 10 percent to a 1.1, matching its season high. “Ambush” tied NBC Universal’s “Home Delivery,” which was canceled Nov. 2.

Telepictures’ “The Larry Elder Show” remain unchanged at 0.9, also matching its season high. Sony’s “Pat Croce: Moving In” dropped 14 percent to a 0.6, while the studio’s “Life & Style” remained flat with a 0.5.

For off-nets, King World’s “CSI” hit a new syndicated high with a 5.3, up 6 percent from last week. Twentieth Television’s “Malcolm in the Middle” was up 11 percent to a 3.0, matching its season high. NBC Universal’s “Fear Factor” hit a new high with a 1.9, while Twentieth Television’s “Yes Dear” remained flat with a 1.7. Paramount’s “Girlfriends” was down 6 percent to a 1.6.

King World took six of the top seven spots for the week, despite ratings drop-offs for “Wheel of Fortune” (8.4), “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (7.5), “Jeopardy!” (6.9) and “Everybody Loves Raymond” (6.3). “Dr. Phil” and “CSI” were tied for fifth place, along with Warner Bros.’ “Friends” (5.3).