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‘Ellen,’ ‘Regis’ Up for New Season; ‘Oprah’ Wins Big

Sep 9, 2005  •  Post A Comment

A few syndicated strips started the 2005-06 season with improved numbers over last year, while the queen of daytime television brought in big ratings with her special Hurricane Katrina coverage.

Warner Bros.’ third-season debut of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” scored a 2.6 metered market household rating in its primary runs for the first four days of the week ended Sept. 11, according to Nielsen Media Research. That was up 4 percent from its year-ago time period average of 2.5.

Buena Vista’s “Live With Regis and Kelly,” which began its 18th season in syndication, scored a metered-market four-day average of 3.7 in its primary runs. “Regis” was up 3 percent over its September 2004 average.

For NBC Universal’s “Access Hollywood,” which launched its 10th season Sept. 5, the initial numbers were down. “Access” scored an average 2.8 rating in the metered markets for its first four days, a 15 percent decline from the September 2004 average of 3.3.

Though it is not scheduled to premiere its new season until Sept. 19, King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” aired two impromptu original episodes in which host Oprah Winfrey covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. On Tuesday, Sept. 6, “Oprah’s” primary run average in the metered markets was 8.9, a 51 percent increase over last year’s 5.9. On Sept. 7, “Oprah” scored a 9.0, a 50 percent increase over its performance in those markets last year. On both days “Oprah” was No.1 in its time period in all top 10 markets.