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 November 19, 2017
  • 1.
    5.1/17
  • 2.
    2.0/7
  • 3.
    1.5/5
  • 4.
    0.9/3
  • 5.
    0.6/2
  • 6.
    0.1/0
Source: Nielsen

Reviews

  • Hal Boedeker

    A reassuring example of older means getting better, Will & Grace struts back to NBC bolder, brassier and bawdier. Some like it tart, and this frisky frolic delivers. After eight seasons, the beloved sitcom felt faded at its fade-out in 2006. Eleven years later, the revival packs a joyous kick in the first three episodes. Here is an absolutely fabulous return with four irrepressible stars who are at their very best. Will & Grace is no gay dinosaur.

  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Wonderstruck, overstuffed, corny and stirring, Star Trek: Discovery stands tall alongside the best-regarded incarnations of the Trek franchise even as it raids elements from all of them (including the recent J.J. Abrams film series, which Paramount says is set in an alternate timeline that has nothing to do with this one). Though handsomely produced, the show’s imagination seems to have been slightly reined in by commercial mandates — namely, reinvigorating Trek as a TV property and serving as a marquee title that would lure customers to CBS All Access, the network’s subscription-only service.

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