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‘Friends’ Up in Slow Syndie Week

Aug 17, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Buoyed by a marathon run on WTBS Superstation, Warner Bros.’ “Friends” hit a season high in syndication for the week ended Aug. 7 while most of the other top-rated off-network and repeat-laden first-run strips saw little growth.

“Friends” scored a 6.7 national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was up 29 percent from the previous week and 31 percent higher than the same week last year, making “Friends” the No. 2 show in syndication.

The top-rated syndicated show for the week was King World’s “Wheel of Fortune,” which dropped 1 percent for the week and 5 percent for the year to a 7.2. Sister program “Jeopardy!” took the No. 3 spot with a 5.9, dropping 2 percent for the week and 8 percent for the year.

Among the other off-network sitcom strips Sony’s “Seinfeld” scored a 5.6, growing 6 percent for the week and 2 percent for the year. King World’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” was down 4 percent for the week and 7 percent for the year to a 5.5, while Twentieth’s “King of the Hill” was even for the week with a 2.8, a 7 percent drop from last year.

Among talk strips, genre leader “The Oprah Winfrey Show” from King World was down 4 percent for the week and 5 percent for the year to a 5.5, while its spinoff “Dr. Phil” was down 2 percent for the week to a 4.1, a 14 percent increase from last year. Buena Vista’s “Live With Regis and Kelly” was flat for the week and year with a 3.3, and NBC Universal’s “Maury” dropped 3 percent for the week to a 2.9, flat with its year ago performance.

In the courtroom genre, Paramount’s “Judge Judy” grew 2 percent for the week and year to a 4.6, while “Paramount’s “Judge Joe Brown” was down 6 percent for the week and 12 percent for the year to a 3.0. Warner Bros.’ “People’s Court” dropped 4 percent for the week but grew 4 percent for the week to a 2.5, tying Twentieth’s “Divorce Court,” which was down 4 percent for the week but up 4 percent for the year.