‘Judge Alex’ Tops New Syndie Strips

Sep 27, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Twentieth Television’s new courtroom strip “Judge Alex” was the top debuting syndicated strip in households for the week ended Sept. 18, eclipsing the premiere week numbers of both new talk strips, NBC Universal’s “Martha” and Telepictures’ “The Tyra Banks Show.”

“Alex,” which features former police officer and Florida judge Alex E. Ferrer, scored a 2.1 national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. “Alex” scored a 1.1 in the women 25 to 54 demo, a 1.0 in women 18 to 49 and a 0.8 in women 18 to 34. The courtroom strip currently runs on 183 stations, covering 93 percent of the U.S. “Alex’s” number puts the show in sixth place among courtroom strips, eclipsing one veteran, Sony’s “Judge Hatchett.”

The Martha Stewart-hosted “Martha” scored a 2.0 household rating for its first week in syndication, with a 1.1 in women 25 to 54, a 0.9 in women 18 to 49 and a 0.7 in women 18 to 34. “Martha” airs on 226 stations, covering 97 percent of the country.

Although “Martha” doesn’t have identical clearances to NBC Universal’s failed strip from the 2004-05 season “The Jane Pauley Show,” there are some markets where the new strip replaced the old. For the first week of last season “Pauley” scored a 1.6, below “Martha’s” 2.0.

“Tyra” scored a 1.1 household rating for its first week on 194 stations, or 96 percent of the U.S. The supermodel-led talk strip scored a 0.8 in both women 18 to 49 and women 25 to 54, but in women 18 to 34, the demo Telepictures has been selling for the show, “Tyra” garnered a 0.9, the highest rating for any debuting talk strip in the youthful demo in two years.

The remaining new strip, Atlas’ courtroom show “Eye for an Eye,” had no national rating, and is not expected to be nationally rated anytime soon.

The two premiering half-hour off-network sitcoms, Twentieth’s “Bernie Mac” and Buena Vista’s “My Wife and Kids,” each scored a 2.0 national household rating. “Bernie” aired on 218 stations covering 88 percent of the market while “Wife” aired on 163 stations for 89 percent of the market.

In the off-network one-hour weekly genre, only one new entry scored a national number. Program Partners’ “DaVinci’s Inquest,” which aired in 194 markets, or 97 percent of the country, garnered a 1.4 household rating.