Regal Holiday Run for ‘Regis’

Jan 7, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Disney-ABC Domestic Television’s “Live With Regis and Kelly” posted a good holiday run in syndication ratings, falling just seven-tenths of a point shy of first place in the talk show genre for the week ending Dec. 28.
“Regis” posted a season high 3.2 household rating during the usually low-rated holiday season, increasing its audience 10% over last year. The holidays are normally a ratings flat spot due to repeats and viewer distractions.
The show’s ratings for the week did not include Christmas Day. Despite the holiday push by “Live With Regis and Kelly”, CBS Television Distribution’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” maintained the top talk spot with a 3.9 household average, declining 13% week-to-week. In third place, CBS’ “Dr. Phil” dipped 19% to a 2.9 rating.
The rest of the talk show field suffered either holiday stagnation or declines, including Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (2.1, down 22%) and NBC Universal Television Distribution’s “Maury” (1.8, no change).
Among the syndication rookies, NBC Universal’s “Deal or No Deal” edged out CBS’s “The Doctors” as the No. 1 newcomer this week. “Deal” posted a 1.7, declining 11%, while “Doctors” ended up with a 1.6, off 6% from last week.
The rest of the genre was flat, except Debmar-Mercury’s “Trivial Pursuit: America Plays,” which dipped 14% to a 0.6.
For court shows, Twentieth Television’s “Divorce Court” and Sony Pictures Television’s “Judge David Young” were the only programs to post an increase from last week, with “Divorce” up 7% to a 1.5 and “Young” improving 13% to a 0.9.
Shows in prime time-adjacent access time periods suffered double-digit declines during the holiday week.
CBS’s “Wheel of Fortune” led the game show pack, despite slipping 13% to a 6.7, while “Jeopardy” fell 16% to a 5.4 to take second place.
CBS Television Distribution’s “Entertainment Tonight” captured the entertainment newsmagazine genre top spot with a 3.2, off 26% from the previous week. The rest of the genre dipped similarly, with the smallest decline coming from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution’s “TMZ,” off 9% to a 2.0.
(Editor: Baumann)

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