Syndie ‘Doctors’ Scores a 2.1 to Hit Series High

Feb 10, 2009  •  Post A Comment

CBS Television Distribution’s “The Doctors” continued to gain momentum as the freshman medical talk show reached a series high in household ratings during the week ending Feb. 1.
Breaking the 2.0 ratings barrier, “Doctors” posted a 2.1 household rating, up 11% from the previous week and growing 62% from its launch in September.
Other freshman series grabbed series records, as NBC Universal Television Distribution’s “Deal or No Deal” matched its series high with a 2.0 (up 5% from last week) and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution’s “The Bonnie Hunt Show” rose 22% to a series-high 1.1 rating.
Freshman court shows “Judge Karen” from Sony Pictures Television and “Family Court” from Program Partners were flat, while Debmar-Mercury’s “Trivial Pursuit: America Plays” declined 14%.
For talk shows, the results were a mixed bag.
CBS’ “Dr. Phil” grew 9% to a 3.6 and Twentieth Television’s “The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet” posted a gain of 11% to a 1.0.
NBC Universal’s “The Jerry Springer Show” recorded a season high with an 8% increase to a 1.3.
Declines were shown by Warner Bros.’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (down 4% to a 2.4) and “The Tyra Banks Show” (down 8% to a 1.1) as well as NBC Universal’s “Maury” (down 5% to a 1.9) and “The Steve Wilkos Show” (down 8% to a 1.1). The rest of the field held steady from last week.
There was zero movement in the entertainment newsmagazine genre, with the exception of NBC Universal’s “Access Hollywood,” which reached a season high of 2.4, up 9%.
In court, the genre stayed the same from last week, save for CBS’ “Judge Judy” (up 2% to a 4.7) and “Judge Joe Brown” (up 4% to a 2.5). Warner Bros.’ “Judge Mathis” also improved 6% to a 1.8.
The leaders of the game show pack, CBS’ “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” grew even larger, reaching season highs during the week.
“Wheel” was up by 8% to an 8.0, while “Jeopardy” increased 5% to a 6.6. Disney-ABC Domestic Television’s “Millionaire” (2.4) and Debmar-Mercury’s “Family Feud” were flat.
(1:35 p.m.: Added ratings for “The Jerry Springer Show”)

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