‘Rachael’ Keeps Lead as Viewership Falls 5 Percent

Nov 8, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The week before the sweeps ratings period found freshman talk show “Rachael Ray” maintaining its lead over the competition, even as its audience count declined 5 percent.

For the week ended Oct. 29, several shows, particularly returning talk shows and off-network sitcoms showed little or no change in their week-to-week ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Among the new talk shows, King World’s “Rachael” posted a 2.0 rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. Viewership for the runner up, Warner Bros.’s “The Dr. Keith Ablow Show,” fell 9 percent to a 1.0 rating. The audience for Sony Pictures Television’s “The Greg Behrendt Show” rose 13 percent to a .9 and NBC Universal Television’s “The Megan Mullaly Show” was unchanged at a .8 rating.

Among the new court shows, Twentieth Television’s “Cristina’s Court” was unchanged with a 1.4 and Sony Pictures Television’s “Judge Maria Lopez” was up 11 percent to a 1.0.

News magazines were mixed, with Twentieth Television’s “Geraldo at Large” up 7 percent for the week to a 1.6 and Extra up 5 percent.

Other highlights include King World’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy hitting season highs with a 8.5 and a 6.7, respectively. King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” also hit a season high with a 6.9.