Syndication Ratings: Syndies Stall as Three Million Households Lose CBS
'Dr. Phil' only talker to gain for week
'Dr. Phil' only talker to gain for week
Syndie advances stalled in the week ending August 4 as Time Warner Cable, the country's second-largest cable operator, blacked out CBS stations in seven of the top 11 markets - including New York, Los Angeles and Dallas - leaving approximately three million households without CBS since Aug. 2.
Among the talkers, CBS Television Distribution's usual leader, Dr. Phil, and Disney-ABC's red-hot Live! with Kelly and Michael showed enormous year-to-year increases compared to last year when the Summer Olympic Games were airing on NBC from London. Phil leaped 37% from last year and was the only talk show to improve for the week, gaining 4% to a first-place 2.6, despite being in reruns all week.
Live!, which is being inducted into the B&C Hall of Fame in October, skyrocketed 47% from last year, landing right behind Phil after holding steady for the week at a 2.5.
Sony Pictures Television's Dr. Oz, in repeats four out of five days, dipped 5% to a third-place 2.0.
NBCU's Maury also was off 5% to a 1.9, tying Warner Bros.' Ellen, which was flat. Maury, which usually jumps in the summer, is down 10% for the year.
Next in line was the season's rookie champ, Disney-ABC's Katie, which went from running all originals to all repeats, and dropped 13% to a new season low 1.4.
NBCU's Jerry Springer and CTD's Rachael Ray remained tied at a 1.3. NBCU's Steve Wilkos gave back 8% to a 1.2, tying CTD's The Doctors and NBCU's Steve Harvey, which both held firm, and Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams, finally in repeats, which had the largest week to week decline of any talker but the largest year-to-year increase. Wendy fell 14% from the previous week, but gained 50% from last year.
NBCU's Trisha was unchanged at a 0.5, while Meredith's The Better Show was last, posting a 0.2 for the third straight week.
Warner Bros.' The Real finished up a four-week test on select Fox TV stations, averaging a 1.1 rating/4 share in households for its entire run, up 57% from its year-ago time periods.
Meanwhile, Twentieth's Kris Jenner averaged a 0.8/2 for its first four weeks of its six-week test and was unchanged from its August 2012 time periods.
Among women 25-54, The Real jumped 150% from last year's time periods to a 1.0/7, while Kris increased 40% to a 0.7/5.
On WNYW New York, the only market in which the two newcomers run back to back, The Real at noon shot up 40% from its Kris lead-in to a 1.4/5 four-week household average. In addition, The Real was tops in its time period in the key women 25-54 demographic over its entire month-long run, surging 200% from the year-ago shows it replaced to a 1.5/10.
At the top of the first-run chart, CTD's Judge Judy, in repeats all week, ticked up 3% from the prior week, and climbed 9% from last year to a 6.2, remaining the first-run leader. Warner Bros.' People's Court rebounded 7% from its season low in the prior session to a 1.6. Warner Bros.' Judge Mathis was flat at a 1.3. Twentieth's Judge Alex added 10% to a 1.1. Twentieth's Divorce Court dropped 9% to a new season-low 1.0. Entertainment Studios' America's Court was flat at a 0.6. ES' newcomer Justice for All lost 20% to a 0.4 and its We the People was flat at a 0.2.
Magazines were rock solid with every magazine holding steady, except Twentieth's Dish Nation, which dropped 10% to a 0.9.
CTD's Entertainment Tonight set the pace, followed by CTD's Inside Edition, Warner Bros.' TMZ, NBCU's Access Hollywood, Warner Bros.' Extra and CTD's omg! Insider at a 3.3, 2.7, 1.8, 1.6, 1.3 and 1.3, respectively. Among the companion shows, omg! insider weekend jumped 25% from the previous frame to a 1.0.
Game shows were mostly steady. CTD's leader Wheel of Fortune slid 2% from the prior week to a 5.9. CTD's Jeopardy! also weakened 2% to a 5.5. Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud was the only game to improve, inching up 2% to a 4.6, the only game to improve for the week. Disney-ABC's Who Wants to be a Millionaire dropped 8% to a 2.3, while NBCU's Baggage checked in at a 1.0 for the third straight week.
Among the off-net sitcoms, Warner Bros.' The Big Bang Theory cooled off 2% to a 6.3, but led all of syndication. Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men also declined 2% to a 4.1. Twentieth's Family Guy dipped 3% to a 3.4. Twentieth's How I Met Your Mother faded 4% to a 2.3, tying Warner Bros.' Friends, which finished 5% higher. Twentieth's King of the Hill dropped 8% to a 2.2. SPT's Seinfeld slipped 5% to a 2.1, while CTD's Everybody Loves Raymond was unchanged at a 1.8.