The two new first-run shows in syndication, Sony’s "Nate Berkus" and CBS Television Distribution’s "Swift Justice with Nancy Grace," finished their first weeks with ratings even with their debut ratings, while syndicated sitcoms debuted weakly, reports B&C.
"Nate Berkus" averaged a 1.2 rating, representing an increase of 20% from last year’s time period average although down 8% from its average lead-in, the story says. "Swift Justice" averaged a 1.1 rating, off 15% from its lead-in but still the highest-rated court show to premiere in four years, the article says.
Meanwhile, four off-network and off-cable sitcoms that debuted on Sept. 13 saw declines from the year-earlier time period averages. Twentieth’s "How I Met Your Mother" was down 36% from its year-earlier average, while Warner Bros.’ "Curb Your Enthusiasm" was down 30% from the year-earlier average. "Entourage" and "New Adventures of Old Christine," both from Warner Bros., were down 22% and 25%, respectively, from their year-ago time period averages, the story says.