Syndicated Shows Ride Out Quake

Aug 12, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Despite the July 29 earthquake that caused preemptions in the nation’s No. 2 TV market, Los Angeles, a number of daytime shows managed to boost their summertime numbers for the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Among the winners for the week were CBS Television Distribution’s “Judge Joe Brown” and “Dr. Phil” as well as Telepictures’ newsmagazine “Extra.”
Among court shows, “Judge Joe Brown” scored as the only series in the genre to improve week-to-week, rising 4% in households to a 2.4. Category leader “Judge Judy” held even at a 4.5, while “The People’s Court” and “Judge Mathis” remained unchanged with ratings of 2.3 and 1.8, respectively.
Among talkers, “Dr. Phil” rose 3% in both week-to-week and year-to-year comparisons, to earn a 3.8. “Dr. Phil” was the only show in first-run syndication to improve versus the same week in 2007.
Other talk shows rising week-to-week include Disney/ABC’s “Live With Regis and Kelly” (up 4% to a 2.7) and NBC Universal’s “Steve Wilkos” (up 13% to a 0.9 score).
Among newsmagazines, “Extra” was the only show to rise, jumping 7% to a 1.6.


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