Off-Net Strips Battle for Top Syndie Billing

Oct 17, 2007  •  Post A Comment

There is now officially a three-way race for top billing among syndication’s off-net strips.
“Two and a Half Men,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Family Guy” remained in a virtual dead heat as the top-rated show in the category, according to Nielsen Media Research for the week ending Oct. 7.
The latest week saw “Men” tie “Raymond” atop the national household ratings charts, with both scoring a 3.7. “Men,” which unlike the other two series doesn’t have a cable run to incorporate into the numbers, was up 3 percent from the previous week, while “Raymond” slid 5 percent. “Family Guy,” meanwhile, was right behind at a 3.6; the animated series was the leading program in the genre only two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Britney Spears’ troubles aided the entertainment newsmagazines during the week. Her custody battles helped boost the category, with all five of the shows either up or holding even compared to the previous week. Of the five, “The Insider” had the biggest increase, up 9 percent to a 2.5, behind “Entertainment Tonight,” which was flat at a 4.8. “Access Hollywood” rose 4 percent to a 2.4 for the week. “Extra” and rookie strip “TMZ” both finished with a 1.8 rating. “Extra” was even with the previous week, while “TMZ” was up 6 percent.
Among the other rookies, “Judge David Young” scored a 0.9 for a rise of 13 percent. Fellow freshmen “Steve Wilkos,” “Morning Show With Mike and Juliet” and “Merv Griffin’s Crosswords” tied at a 0.8, with all three holding even week-to-week.
For the first time, Nielsen released ratings for game show “Temptation” after pulling the series for reprocessing the first three weeks. The series entered the charts with a 0.4 score.
Nielsen, meanwhile, held back numbers for “Jury Duty” and is also reprocessing the previous week’s score for the rookie show.

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