Weekly syndication ratings roundup

Downer Of A Week For Most Syndies

More people spent time away from their TVs in the week ending Feb. 17 and most shows were down or flat from the previous frame. Among the few shows posting weekly gains were Trisha and Baggage.

The vast majority of shows were hit with minor losses in the week ending Feb. 17 as PUT levels fell amid widespread preemptions for President Obama’s State of the Union address and the California manhunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

Courtroom queen Judge Judy was the highest rated in first-run syndication overall. Dr. Phil was the No. 1 talk show once again. Katie matched its highest-ever non-holiday Monday rating with her Sue Paterno exclusive and won the rookie race for the 22nd straight week, although Steve Harvey, at his series high, was not far behind.

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Entertainment Tonight and Wheel of Fortune easily led magazines and game shows, while Big Bang Theory had no trouble topping the off-net sitcoms.

In the household rating rankings that follow, an asterisk indicates a new season high rating; % change is from the previous week; NC indicates no change from the previous week.


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

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2. Live with Kelly and Michael (Disney-ABC) 2.6 -7%

2. Ellen (WBDTD) 2.6 -4%

4. Dr. Oz (Sony) 2.5 -4%

5. Maury (NBCU) 2.3 -4%

6. Katie (Disney-ABC) 1.8 -5%

7. Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.6 NC

7. Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.6 NC

7. Steve Harvey (NBCU) 1.6 NC

10. Jerry Springer (NBCU) 1.5 NC

11. The Doctors (CTD) 1.3 -7%

11. Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 1.3 NC

13. Anderson Live (WBDTD) 1.0 -17%

14. Ricki Lake (Twentieth) 0.8 NC

15. Jeff Probst (CTD) 0.7 -13%

16. Jeremy Kyle (Debmar-Mercury) 0.6 NC

16. Trisha (NBCU) 0.6 +20%


1. Katie (Disney-ABC) 1.8 -5%

2. Steve Harvey (NBCU) 1.6 NC

3. Ricki Lake (Twentieth) 0.8 NC

4. Jeff Probst (CTD) 0.7 -13%

5. Trisha (NBCU) 0.6 +20%


1. Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.8 -5%

2. Inside Edition (CTD) 3.2 -6%

3. TMZ (WBDTD) 2.0 -5%

4. Access Hollywood (NBCU) 1.8 -5%

5. Extra (WBDTD) 1.5 -6%

6. OMG Insider (CTD) 1.4 -7%

7. Dish Nation (Twentieth) 1.0 NC


1. Judge Judy (CTD) 7.4 -1%

2. Judge Joe Brown (CTD) 2.4 NC

3. People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.9 -5%

4. Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 1.6 NC

5. Judge Alex (Twentieth) 1.3 -7%

5. Divorce Court (Twentieth) 1.3 -7%


1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.3 -5%

2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.6 -4%

3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 5.2 NC

4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.4 -8%

5. Baggage (GSN) 1.2 +9%


1. Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 7.7 -4%

2. Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 5.1 -7%

3. Family Guy (Twentieth) 3.6 -5%

4. How I Met Your Mother (Twentieth) 2.8 -7%

5. Seinfeld (Sony) 2.3 -8%

5. King of the Hill (Twentieth) 2.3 NC


1. Law & Order: SVU (NBCU) 3.8 -10%

2. Law & Order (NBCU) 2.6 -13%

2. Criminal Minds (CTD) 2.6 -13%

2. CSI: Miami (CTD) 2.6 -13%

5. House (NBCU) 2.3 NC

5. Castle (Disney-ABC) 2.3 NC


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Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 27, 2016
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  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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