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Most Strips Decline; Top Sitcoms Improve

May 2, 2005  •  Post A Comment

With viewership down since the start of daylight-saving time, ratings for most syndicated daytime strips declined during the week ended April 17, but the top two off-network sitcoms were up week to week.

Among veteran talk shows, only one strip was up from its performance the same week last year-Warner Bros.’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which was unchanged for the week with a 2.0 but up 11 percent from 2004.

All three of the top talk strips were either down or flat for the week and the year. Genre leader “The Oprah Winfrey Show” from King World was down 3 percent from the previous week to a 6.2, a 10 percent decline from last year. “Dr. Phil” was down 4 percent for both the week and the year to a 4.9. Buena Vista’s “Live With Regis and Kelly” was even for the year with a 3.4 but down 3 percent from the previous week.

The only rookie talk strip scheduled to return next season, Buena Vista’s “The Tony Danza Show,” grew 9 percent from the previous week to a 1.2.

The top off-net strip, King World’s “Everybody Loves Raymond,” was up 7 percent for the week and 24 percent for the year to a 6.3. Sony’s “Seinfeld” was up 2 percent for the week and down 7 percent for the year to a 5.6.

All five of the veteran newsmagazines were down from their performance last year, when the breakup of John Stamos and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Courtney Love’s legal troubles dominated entertainment news.

Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight” was down 10 percent from last year and flat from the previous week with a 4.7. King World’s “Inside Edition” was also even for the week, but down just 3 percent from 2004. NBC Universal’s “Access Hollywood” declined 17 percent from last year to a 2.4, which was flat from the previous week. Warner Bros.’ “Extra” grew 10 percent for the week to a 2.2, a 15 percent decline from last year. Warner Bros.’ “Celebrity Justice” was even for the week with a 1.0, down 17 percent for the year.

The lone rookie newsmagazine, “ET” spinoff “The Insider,” was unchanged for the week with a 2.5.

The top two game strips were flat for the week. The genre leader and top-rated show in syndication, King World’s “Wheel of Fortune,” declined 3 percent from last year to an 8.3. Sister program “Jeopardy!” was flat for the year with a 7.1.

None of the top three court shows saw weekly growth, with leader of the pack Paramount’s “Judge Judy,” flat from the previous week and down 4 percent for the year to a 4.7. Paramount’s “Judge Joe Brown” was down 3 percent for the week and 11 percent for the year to a 3.1. Twentieth Television’s “Divorce Court” had a weekly decline of 4 percent but saw yearly growth of 13 percent to 2.7.