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Holiday Week Mixed for Syndie Strips

Jul 20, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Syndicated strips had mixed ratings performance the week ended July 10, which included not only a significant number of repeats and the Independence Day holiday but also widespread pre-emptions July 7 for coverage of the London transit bombings.

The two top courtroom shows saw growth for the week, with Paramount’s “Judge Judy” growing 5 percent for the week to a 4.6 national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. “Judy” was also up 5 percent compared with the same week last year. Paramount’s “Judge Joe Brown” grew 3 percent for the week but dropped 6 percent from last year to a 3.1.

The top talk strip, King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” was flat for the week with a 5.5, tying last week’s season low and declining 4 percent from its performance last year. “Oprah” spinoff “Dr. Phil” dropped 8 percent for the week but grew 7 percent over last year to a 4.4. Buena Vista’s “Live With Regis and Kelly” grew 3 percent for both the week and year to a 3.4, while NBC Universal’s “Maury” was flat for the week and year with a 2.9. Paramount’s “Montel” saw the biggest increase of any talk strip for the week, growing 21 percent to a 2.3 but down 8 percent from last year. Warner Bros.’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which was broken out last week due to widespread pre-emptions for Wimbledon coverage, was up 13 percent over two weeks ago to a 1.8. “Ellen” was also up 13 percent from last year, the biggest yearly jump of any talk strip.

The two top-rated shows in syndication both saw declines, with King World’s No. 1 “Wheel of Fortune” down 5 percent for the week to a 7.0, a 14 percent drop from last year. “Jeopardy!” dropped 2 percent for the week to a 6.0, a 29 percent decline from last year, when über-contestant Ken Jennings was still competing in his marathon winning streak.