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Syndie Strips Flat or Down for First Full Week of June

Jun 22, 2005  •  Post A Comment

In a week dominated by repeats most first-run strips were flat or down in the ratings. The exceptions were three of the four top newsmagazines, which saw growth.

For the week ended June 12 the top-rated show in syndication, King World’s “Wheel of Fortune,” dropped 3 percent over the previous week to score a 7.4 national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. “Wheel,” which hit its third season low in four weeks, was up 7 percent over its performance the same week last year. Extensive coverage of Ronald Reagan’s funeral last year may have affected many shows year-ago ratings.

The No.2 show in syndication was “Wheel’s” sister program, “Jeopardy!,” which was unchanged for the week with a 6.5, a 12 percent increase over last year. Rounding out the top three was King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which was down 5 percent for the week but up 5 percent for the year with as 6.3.

The top-rated newsmagazine was Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight,” which grew 2 percent for the week but declined 2 percent for the year to a 4.5. King World’s “Inside Edition” was flat for the week with a 3.1, a 3 percent decline from last year. “ET” spinoff “The Insider” was up 4 percent for the week to a 2.6. NBC Universal’s “Access Hollywood” grew 10 percent for the week but dropped 18 percent for the year to a 2.3. Warner Bros.’ “Extra” was even for the week and down 9 percent for the year to a 2.1.

In the courtroom arena Paramount’s “Judge Judy” was even for the week with a 4.8, a 9 percent increase over last year. Paramount’s “Judge Joe Brown” was up 3 percent for the week and down 6 percent for the year to a 3.2, while Warner Bros.’ “People’s Court” grew 4 percent for the week and increased 17 percent for the year to a 2.8. Twentieth’s “Divorce Court” declined 7 percent for the week but was flat for the year with a 2.6, while Warner Bros.’ “Judge Mathis” was down 4 percent for the week and up 9 percent for the year to a 2.4.

Among talk strips, “Dr. Phil” was second in the genre with a 4.9, even with its performance last week and up 14 percent from the same week last year. Buena Vista’s “Live With Regis and Kelly” was down 3 percent for the week and flat for the year with a 3.4. NBC Universal’s “Maury” was up 3 percent for the week and 11 percent for the year to a 3.0. NBC Universal’s “Jerry Springer” was even for both the week and the year with a 2.3.