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Syndies See Mixed Midsummer Week

Aug 2, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Thanks to a raft of repeats plus pre-emptions due to news coverage of the attempted June 21 London transit attacks, the top-rated syndicated strips had a mixed ratings performance the week ended July 24.

The top-rated show in syndication, King World’s “Wheel of Fortune,” was down 1 percent compared with last week and 11 percent compared with the same week last year to a 7.6 national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. Sister program “Jeopardy!” increased 3 percent for the week to a 6.6. but was down 31 percent from last year, when record-breaking contestant Ken Jennings was at the height of his winning streak.

The top-rated talk strip, King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” was down 10 percent for both the week and the year to a 5.5. The No.2 talker, “Dr. Phil,” declined 2 percent for the week but was up 16 percent for the year to a 4.4 rating. Buena Vista’s “Live With Regis and Kelly” scored a 3.6, a 3 percent increase for the week and 6 percent increase for the year. NBC Universal’s “Maury” was up 3 percent for the week and 10 percent for the year to a 3.2. NBC Universal’s “Jerry Springer” was flat for both the week and the year with a 2.3.

Among the newsmagazines, Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight” dropped 2 percent for the week and year to a 4.3, while King World’s “Inside Edition” was even for the week and down 6 percent for the year to a 3.1. “ET’s” rookie spinoff “The Insider” was flat for the week with a 2.5, NBC Universal’s “Access Hollywood” was up 5 percent for the week and down 4 percent for the year to a 2.2, tying Warner Bros.’ “Extra,” which increased 10 percent for the week and dropped 4 percent for the year.

Among courtroom shows, Paramount’s “Judge Judy” declined 2 percent for the week but grew 4 percent for the year to a 4.7. Paramount’s “Judge Joe Brown” declined 3 percent for the week and 6 percent for the year to a 3.2. Warner Bros.’ “People’s Court” grew 4 percent for the week and 12 percent for the year to a 2.8.

Twentieth’s “Divorce Court” declined 4 percent for the week to a 2.7, which was up 8 percent from last year. Warner Bros.’ “Judge Mathis” was even for the week with a 2.5, a 9 percent jump from last year.

In the world of off-network strips, King World’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” increased 7 percent for the week and 2 percent for the year to a 5.9. Sony’s “Seinfeld” gained 4 percent for the week and lost 5 percent for the year to a 5.3. Warner Bros.’ “Friends” was up 2 percent for the week to a 4.7 but down 6 percent for the year.

For the one-hour weeklies, King World’s rookie ‘CSI’ was up 2 percent for the year to a 4.6, taking the top spot among off-network hours. The weekend edition of “ET” was the top first-run hour, gaining 4 percent for the week to a 2.5, a 17 percent decline from last year.