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‘Geraldo’ Top New Syndicated Show in First Week

Sep 26, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Twentieth Television newsmagazine “Geraldo at Large” claimed the top ratings spot nationally among debuting first-run syndicated programs for the week ended Sept. 17.

‘Geraldo’ was one of four debuting syndicated shows stripped Monday to Friday last week. The program made its first appearance last year in a selected number of markets, but began running nationally in 75 percent of the country Sept. 11. The show scored a 1.6 national household rating, a number that includes live viewing plus same-day viewing via digital video recorders, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Twentieth Television’s judge show “Cristina’s Court” scored a 1.3 in its first week in syndication with a clearance in the U.S. of 88 percent. “Judge Maria Lopez,” another courtroom series from Sony Pictures Television, scored a 1.0 with 88 percent clearance in the U.S.

Rounding out the new weekday debuts was Sony talk show “The Greg Behrendt Show,” which scored a 0.9 for its Tuesday-to-Friday run with an 89 percent clearance.

Ratings for Warner Bros. talk show “The Dr. Keith Ablow Show” were not available at press time.

National numbers for King World’s “Rachael Ray” and NBC Universal’s “The Megan Mullally Show” will be available next week. Both debuted Sept. 18.

Among new off-network sitcom offerings, the Monday-through-Friday run of Twentieth TV’s “Still Standing” scored a 1.3 rating in 96 percent of the country. Paramount’s “One on One” garnered a 0.9 and is cleared in 83 percent of the U.S.

King World’s off-network weekend run of drama “CSI: NY” scored a 4.2 rating, taking the No. 1 spot in the syndicated weekend drama genre.