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‘Martha’ Drops; ‘Tyra’ Grows; ‘Judge Alex’ Unchanged

Sep 20, 2005  •  Post A Comment

While NBC Universal’s new syndicated strip “Martha” was down 21 percent in its first week on the air, Warner Bros.’ “The Tyra Banks Show” grew from Monday to Monday, and Twentieth’s courtroom strip “Judge Alex” remained even.

“Martha” scored a household weighted metered-market average 1.9 rating and 6 share Monday, Sept. 19, a week after it premiered Sept. 12 with a 2.4 share and 8 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

“Tyra” grew 8 percent from Monday to Monday, scoring a 1.4 household rating and 4 share Sept. 19, compared with its debut performance of 1.3/4.

“Judge Alex” was unchanged, scoring a 1.7/5 on both Mondays. Atlas’ courtroom strip “Eye for an Eye” was also even for the week, with a 0.6/2 weighted metered-market average.

Both of the new off-network comedies saw growth over the course of their first week in syndication, with Twentieth’s “Bernie Mac” growing from a 1.5/3 at its Sept. 12 debut to a 1.9/4 on Sept. 19. Buena Vista’s “My Wife and Kids” grew 7 percent, from a 1.5/3 to a 1.6/3.

Sept. 19 also marked the debut of two off-cable half-hours: Warner Bros.’ “Sex and the City” and Debmar/Mercury’s “South Park.” “Sex” scored a weighted metered-market average of 1.9/4, down 14 percent from its September 2004 time period average. “South Park” debuted with a 1.2/3, also down 14 percent from its year-ago average.