Weekly syndication ratings roundup

April Comes In Like A Lion For 'Dr. Phil'

Phil extended its winning streak in the genre to 31 weeks with a 3.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, spiking both 6% from the previous frame and from the same week a year ago.
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The first full week of April was a strong one for Dr. Phil, which widened its lead in the talk show race after jumping to a four-week high, and was the sole syndie talker to outperform last year in the session ending April 9.

Phil extended its winning streak in the genre to 31 weeks with a 3.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, spiking 6% from the previous frame.

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In addition, the top chat fest grew 6% from the same week a year ago. The only other shows in the category to avoid year-to-year declines were sophomore Crime Watch Daily and conflict series Jerry Springer, which both held steady annually, although Springer suffered talk’s largest weekly loss, slipping 14%.

Live with Kelly returned from a two-week hiatus with a stable 2.2 in second place and finished ahead of closet rival Ellen DeGeneres for an eighth straight week. Ellen added 11% to a third-place 2.1.

On the demo front, The Doctors had the week’s healthiest percentage increase, improving 33% among women 25-54, even though the show aired only encore episodes.

In access, the top game shows were soft except for Family Feud, which stayed at a 6.4, led the genre and finished second overall to syndication champ Judge Judy. Wheel of Fortune fell 3% to a 6.1; Jeopardy also sagged 3% to a 5.9; while Who Wants to Be a Millionaire devalued 6% to a 1.6.

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Elsewhere, Entertainment Tonight, holding firm at a 3.1, increased its advantage over second-place magazine Inside Edition, which eroded 7 to a 2.7. Extra earned the best percentage gain in the category, jumping 9% to a 1.2 despite numerous sports preemptions.

Leading the entire chart, Judge Judy hung tough at a first-place 6.7, topping all syndicated strips for the 26th time in the past 36 weeks, even though it was in repeats on a couple of days.

The week’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:

  • Dr. Phil (1.4, +8% from the week before)
  • Live with Kelly (1.0, unchanged), tied with Maury (1.0, unchanged) and Ellen DeGeneres (1.0, +11%)
  • Steve Wilkos (0.9, unchanged)
  • Jerry Springer (0.8, -11%)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

TALK SHOWS

1. Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.3 +6%

2. Live with Kelly (Disney-ABC) 2.2 NC

3. Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.1 +11%

4. Maury (NBCU) 1.6 NC

5. Steve Harvey (NBCU) 1.5 NC

6. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.3 +8%

6. Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.3 -7%

8. Jerry Springer (NBCU) 1.2 -14%

8. Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.2 NC

10. Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.1** -8%

11. Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen (WBDTD) 1.0 NC

12. The Real (WBDTD) 0.8 +14%

12. The Doctors (CTD) 0.8 NC

DAYTIME ROOKIE SHOWS

1. Harry (NBCU) 1.0 NC

COURT SHOWS

1. Judge Judy (CTD) 6.7  NC

2. Hot Bench (CTD) 2.1** -9%

3. People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 -6%

4. Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.2 -8%

5. Divorce Court (Twentieth) 1.0 NC

6. Judge Faith (Trifecta) 0.8 NC

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 NC

2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 -3%

3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -3%

4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -6%

5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 +8%

INTERNET VIDEO

1. Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC

MAGAZINE SHOWS

1. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1 NC

2. Inside Edition (CTD) 2.7 -7%

3. TMZ (WBDTD) 1.5 NC

4. Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.4 +8%

5. Extra (WBDTD) 1.2 +9%

6. The Insider (CTD) 1.0 NC

7. Dish Nation (Twentieth) 0.8 NC

8. Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.3 NC

OFF-NET SITCOMS

1. Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.8 -8%

2. Modern Family (Twentieth) 2.8 -3%

3. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 2.3 -8%

4. Family Guy (Twentieth) 1.8 NC

4. Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.8 NC

6. Last Man Standing (Twentieth) 1.7 -6%

7. Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.4 -7%

8. The Cleveland Show (Twentieth) 1.3 NC

9. Seinfeld (Sony) 1.2 NC

10. How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) 1.1 -8%

10. King of the Hill (Twentieth) 1.1 NC

OFF-NET WEEKLY HOUR DRAMAS

1. Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 3.9 -5%

2. Blue Bloods (CTD) 2.0 -9%

3. CSI Miami (CTD) 1.5 NC

3. American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 1.5 NC

5. Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC

6. Rizzoli & Isles (WBDTD) 1.1 -8%

6. Major Crimes (WBDTD) 1.1 NC

6. Elementary (CTD) 1.1 -8%

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Ratings

Overnights, adults 18-49 for July 26, 2017
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    0.9/4
  • 2.
    0.8/3
  • 3.
    0.6/3
  • 4.
    0.6/3
  • 5.
    0.5/2
  • 6.
    0.2/1
Source: Nielsen

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