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Syndie Freshmen Still Going Steady

Nov 13, 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 by 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. Viewership for the runner-up, Warner Bros.’ “The Dr. Keith Ablow Show,” fell 9 percent to a 1.0 rating.

The fight for third place among the freshman talk shows took a turn, with the audience for Sony Pictures Television’s “The Greg Behrendt Show” rising 13 percent to a 0.9, surpassing NBC Universal Television’s “The Megan Mullally Show,” which was unchanged from the previous week at a 0.8 rating.

Earlier in the season, “Mullally,” which airs primarily on NBC-owned and -operated stations, was besting “Behrendt,” whose station lineup is widely considered less competitive.

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.

Newsmagazines were mixed, with Twentieth Television’s “Geraldo at Large” up 7 percent for the week to a 1.6 and “Extra” up 5 percent to a 2.2.

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