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Week Big for Syndies; 12 Strips Hit New Season Highs; Another Series High For ‘Ellen’

Jan 11, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The week ended Jan 2 was a big week for syndicated strips. Five court shows, five talk shows and two rookie strips all hit new season highs, despite a raft of repeats, holiday specials and football pre-emptions.

In the court genre, Paramount’s “Judge Joe Brown” grew 9 percent to a household rating of 3.8, its second season high in four weeks and a 9 percent improvement over last year for the week. Twentieth’s “Divorce Court” grew 3 percent to a season high of 3.1, Telepictures’ “People’s Court” was up 12 percent to a season high of 2.9 and Twentieth’s “Texas Justice” was up 5 percent to a season high of 2.3. Telepictures’ “Judge Mathis” grew 13 percent to a 2.7, its highest rating in more than four years. “Mathis” grew 29 percent year to year, the largest increase for any court show.

Genre leader “Judge Judy” from Paramount was down 2 percent to a 5.2 from last week’s season high, but “Judy” was still up 11 percent year to year.

Among talk shows, Telepictures’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” hit a new series high for the second time in three weeks. “Ellen” was up 14 percent for the week to a 2.5, a 47 percent increase form the same week last season.

NBC Universal’s “Maury” was up 9 percent to a new season high of 3.5, while Paramount’s “The Montel Williams Show” grew 8 percent week to week to a new season high of 2.8. NBC Universal’s “Jerry Springer” was up 13 percent to a new season high of 2.6, and Twentieth’s “Good Day Live” grew 22 percent to a new season high of 1.1.

The top two talk shows both grew week to week as well. King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” grew 5 percent to a 6.9 and was up 10 percent from its year-ago performance. “Oprah” spinoff “Dr. Phil” rebounded from a season low in the previous week to a 5.1, a 9 percent increase. “Dr. Phil” was up 9 percent from last year.

The top two shows in syndication were unchanged for the week, with King World’s “Wheel of Fortune” bringing in an 8.6 and sister program “Jeopardy!” garnering a 7.2. The top entertainment news magazine, Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight,” was up 13 percent to a 5.1.

Among first-year strips, Paramount’s “The Insider” grew 12 percent from the previous week to a 2.8. The two new series who hit a new series high were Twentieth’s “Ambush Makeover” which grew 8 percent to a 1.3 and Telepictures’ “The Larry Elder Show” which was up 20 percent to a 1.3.

NBC Universal’s “The Jane Pauley Show” was down 6 percent to a 1.6 for the week, Buena Vista’s “The Tony Danza Show” was unchanged at a 1.4, while both of Sony’s rookies–“Pat Croce: Moving In” (0.8) and “Life & Style” (0.6)–were unchanged.

All three of the top sitcom strips were down for the week, with King World’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” down 3 percent (6.5), Sony’s “Seinfeld” down 5 percent (5.9) and Telepictures’ “Friends” down 11 percent (5.5).

Among new off-nets, weekend one-hour “CSI” grew 10 percent week to week to a 5.7, while Twentieth’s “Malcolm in the Middle” dropped 6 percent to a 3.1. Paramount’s “Yes, Dear” grew 5 percent to a 2.0, and NBC Universal’s “Fear Factor” was down 5 percent to a 1.8. Paramount’s “Girlfriends” was unchanged for the week with a 1.6.