Syndie Court Shows Bounce Back After Election Preemptions

Nov 25, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Court shows regained ground after a preemption-filled election week in first-run syndication, with a majority of the genre making ratings gains for the week ending Nov. 16.
CBS Television Distribution’s “Judge Judy” moved upward 9% to a 4.7 in household ratings from last week, marking a season high. Four other shows hit season highs during the week, including Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution’s “Judge Mathis” (1.9, up 12%) and “Cristina’s Court” (1.2, up 20%), as well as Twentieth Television’s “Judge Alex” (1.7, up 6%) and “Divorce Court” (1.6, up 14%).
CBS Television Distribution’s “Judge Joe Brown” (2.4) made gains of 14% from last week, while Warner Bros.’ “People’s Court” rose 10% to a 2.2. Sony Pictures Television’s “Judge David Young” also increased 13% to a 0.9.
In the freshman class in first-run, NBC Universal Television Distribution’s “Deal or No Deal” tied its series high with a 1.9, moving up 6%. CBS Television Distribution’s “The Doctors” also made the move, up 6%, to a new series high at 1.7.
Sony Pictures Television’s “Judge Karen” also gained, moving up 22% to a 1.1. Warner Bros.’ “The Bonnie Hunt Show” (0.9) and Debmar-Mercury’s “Trivial Pursuit: America Plays” (0.6) stayed flat. Program Partners’ “Family Court With Judge Penny” (0.6) increased one-tenth of a ratings point.
In its second week, Disney-ABC’s “Legend of the Seeker” took an expected decline, down 31% to a 2.0 household rating and approximately 3 million viewers.
“Seeker” made certain gains in specific markets, but lost some better-situated time slot clearances from its two-hour premiere versus its standard one-hour run.
CBS Television Distribution’s “Entertainment Tonight” (4.6) rose 5% to a season high, benefiting from a post-election interview with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Nov. 10. This marks the third time in four weeks that “ET” has hit a new season high.
CBS’ “Inside Edition” also reached a season high, up 7% to a 3.0. NBC Universal’s “Access Hollywood” tied Warner Bros.’ “TMZ” at a 2.0. “Access” gained 5%, while “TMZ” held from last week. CBS’ “The Insider” was flat with a 1.9, and Warner Bros.’ “Extra” moved up 13% to a 1.7.
For game shows, the biggest got bigger as CBS’ “Wheel of Fortune” (7.8) and “Jeopardy!” (6.2) gained 13% and 11%, respectively, from last week. “Wheel” hit its season high.
Disney-ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (2.5) and Debmar-Mercury’s “Family Feud” (1.5) were flat.
In the talk show arena, four shows hovering in the middle of the genre captured season highs. Warner Bros.’ “Tyra,” which recently announced it will move from the syndication marketplace to a fixed afternoon slot on The CW, gained 20% to a 1.2. NBCU’s “Maury” (1.9) climbed 6%, matching CBS’ “The Rachael Ray Show” (1.9) in gains. NBCU’s “The Steve Wilkos Show” moved the needle 10% to a 1.1.
For the rest of the pack, not much changed as CBS’ “Oprah” (5.6) and “Dr. Phil” (3.5) still ruled, despite being down 5% and 3%, respectively, from last week’s season highs.
Warner Bros.’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” dipped 4% to a 2.3 and NBCU’s “The Jerry Springer Show” increased 10% to a 1.1.
Disney-ABC’s “Live With Regis and Kelly” (2.7), along with Twentieth’s “The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet” (0.9) and NBCU’s “The Martha Stewart Show” (0.7), were flat.

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