King World Productions’ “The Rachael Ray Show” continued to dominate the freshman syndicated pack for the week ending Oct. 15, holding steady week to week with a 2.0 national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.
That’s more than double the show’s closest competitor, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution’s “The Dr. Keith Ablow Show,” which garnered a 0.9.
“Ablow” had been sharing second place with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution’s “The Megan Mullally Show,” but this week “Mullally” slipped 11 percent to a 0.8. The show’s recent downgrades in New York, Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio, have not yet taken effect.
This week “Ablow” and Sony Pictures Television’s “The Greg Behrendt Show” also received time shifts, though their respective distributors said the changes were not downgrades per se.
“Behrendt” was shifted by WRBW-TV in Orlando, Fla. (from 4 p.m. to 1 p.m.), WFLX-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla. (from 4 p.m. to 2 p.m.), WTVZ-TV in Norfolk, Va. (from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m.), and WBXX-TV in Knoxville, Tenn. (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
“Ablow” was shifted in Seattle on KONG-TV (from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.), and in Orlando on WRBW-TV (from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m.).
Meanwhile “Behrendt” was down 13 percent to a 0.7, its lowest rating yet.
By genre, most first-runs continued to be down versus 2005, though some are managing to show signs of life. Almost all talk and court shows experienced week-to-week gains, even though all are down or flat year to year.
Some of the freshman court shows benefited as well. Twentieth Television’s “Cristina’s Court” was up 8 percent for the week with a 1.4, and Sony Pictures Television’s “Judge Maria Lopez” was up 13 percent to 0.9.
Other highlights for the week include CBS Paramount Domestic Television’s “Entertainment Tonight,” which continues to lead the newsmagazines with a 5.2, its highest rating in six months.
King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” continued to lead talk shows with a 6.7, unchanged from the previous week. NBC Universal’s “The Jerry Springer Show” was up 14 percent to a season high of 1.6, perhaps thanks to the host’s appearance on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Among the new off-network sitcoms, Buena Vista’s “According to Jim” opened a bigger lead on the pack, gaining 6 percent to a 1.8.
Among sci-fi shows, CBS Paramount’s “Star Trek: The Original Series,” which returned to weekly broadcast syndication this year with new special effects, continued to perform well. The 40-year-old series drew a 1.3 and is up 8 percent for the week, besting many contemporary programs in better time periods.