Weekly syndication ratings roundup

Syndies Post Few Gainers In May From 2017

The first-run entries that showed improvement in the just-finished May sweep compared to a year ago were Judge Judy, Hot Bench, Jeopardy, Right This Minute, Jeopardy, ET and Inside Edition.

Judge Judy, which has been syndication’s highest rated show in every May sweep since 2010, to the surprise of no one has once again been the dominant program in the May 2018 sweep (April 26-May 23), the results of which were released today.

Judy was the sweep’s most-watched show with more than 9.9 million daily viewers, and one of only two court strips to improve from last year at this time in the national ratings, growing 3% to a stellar 7.1 live-plus-same-day sweep average, its second-strongest May performance since 2014.

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And Judy’s winning margin over the next highest-rated syndicated strip was the widest it’s been in eight years.

The runner up to Judy in the sweep was game show leader Family Feud at a 6.2 average.

The sweep’s second-highest courtroom strip, Hot Bench, which was created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, grew 5% to a 2.3 and ranked as the survey period’s No. 3 show in daytime behind only Judy and Dr. Phil.

Phil, with an average of well over 4.2 million daily viewers, clocked a 3.2 and won the talk show race for the 20th consecutive major sweep with its biggest May lead ever over the rest of the field.

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Live with Kelly and Ryan tied Ellen DeGeneres for second place among talkers, with both averaging a 2.1.

Rounding out the Big 5 in talk were Maury with a 1.4, followed closely by the inaugural May survey for Steve Harvey’s reformatted and relocated Steve at a 1.2, which tied the long-running Wendy Williams.

Compared to last May, all of the veterans in the talk category were down except true crime favorite Crime Watch Daily, which held rock steady at a 0.9 and attracted an average of more than 1.2 million viewers each day.

Among magazines, Entertainment Tonight tied sister show Inside Edition at the top of the genre, with both averaging a 3.0. ET got a nice boost from its coverage of the royal wedding and scored sharp sweep gains in New York, where it was up 42%, and in Los Angeles, where it was also ahead by double digits.

In addition, the national ratings for ET and fellow big entertainment magazines Access and Extra, all shot up from last year on Monday, May 21, with extensive recap coverage of the historic weekend wedding.

Among the off-nets, Big Bang Theory was the top sitcom in May with a 4.4.

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

  • Dr. Phil (1.3 average, -13% from May 2017)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (1.0, unchanged)
  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.9, -18%)
  • Maury (0.8, -20%), tied with Wendy Williams (0.8, -11%)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the last year’s May sweep; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from last year’s May sweep; NA mean not applicable.


1. Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.2 -3%

2. Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 2.1 -5%

2. Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 2.1 -9%

4. Maury (NBCU) 1.4 -13%

5. Steve (NBCU) 1.2 NA

5. Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.2 -14%

7. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.1 -8%

7. Jerry Springer (NBCU) 1.1 -15%

7. Dr. Oz (Sony) 1.1 -8%

10. Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.0 -23%

11. Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

12. Harry (NBCU) 0.7 -30%

12. The Real (WBDTD) 0.7 -13%

12. The Doctors (CTD) 0.7 -13%


1. Daily Mail TV (CTD) 1.0 NA

2. Page Six TV (20th Television) 0.7 NA

3. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NA

4. Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.3 NA


1. Judge Judy (CTD) 7.1 +3%

2. Hot Bench (CTD) 2.3 +5%

3. People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.5 -6%

4. Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.0 -17%

5. Divorce Court (Twentieth) 0.9 -10%

6. Judge Faith (Trifecta) 0.6 -25%


1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 -2%

2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 +4%

3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 NC

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


1. Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.4 +8%


1. Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.2 NA


1. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.0 +3%

1. Inside Edition (CTD) 3.0 +11%

3. TMZ (WBDTD) 1.3 -13%

4. Access (NBCU) 1.2 -8%

5. Extra (WBDTD) 1.1 -8%

6. Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 -33%


1. Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 4.4 -8%

2. Modern Family (Twentieth) 2.1 -19%

2. Last Man Standing (Twentieth) 2.1 +31%

4. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.5 -32%

4. The Goldbergs (Sony) 1.5 NA

4. Family Guy (Twentieth) 1.5 -17%

7. Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.3 -19%

8. Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 1.1 -21%

9. Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 -17%

9. The Cleveland Show (Twentieth) 1.0 -17%


1. Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 3.3 NA

2. Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 3.1 -18%


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