Syndication Ratings: New Year, Big Ratings for Top Talk and Game Shows

'Dr. Phil' returns to top of talk chart, while 'Wheel,' 'Jeopardy!' and 'Family Feud' all hit highs

Syndies came roaring back in the week ending Jan. 13, with
the repeat-laden holidays finally behind them. 

Dr. Phil returned to the top of the talk chart,
followed by Ellen, while the top-three game shows all hit season highs,
and the iconic Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey, jumped to an
all-time high. 

In its return to originals, CBS Television Distribution's Dr.
Phil
gained 23%, the biggest weekly improvement of any top-ten talk show,
averaging a 3.2 live plus same day household rating for the week, according to
Nielsen Media Research. Dr. Phil improved 39% over its ratings in
the week ended Dec. 30.

Warner Bros.' Ellen also came back to life. Taking
over the No. 2 spot, Ellen surged 17% for the week and 13% from the same
week last year to a 2.7. Disney-ABC's Live! with Kelly and Michael,
which had enjoyed three straight weeks at No. 1, declined just 4% for the week
to a 2.6. Sony Pictures Television's Dr. Oz added 13% to hit a new
season-high 2.6, tying Live! for third place.

NBCUniversal's Maury perked up 5% to a 2.3. CTD's Rachael
Ray
receded 6% to a 1.5, in a three-way tie with NBCU's Steve Wilkos,
which was unchanged for the week but improved 15% over last year at this time
to earn talk's largest year-to-year increase, and NBCU's Jerry Springer,
which added 7% for the week. CTD's The Doctors held steady at a 1.4.

Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams climbed 18% for the
week to a 1.3. Warner Bros.' Anderson Live was unchanged at a 1.2. And
Debmar-Mercury's Jeremy Kyle climbed 20%, or one tenth of a ratings
point, to a 0.6.

All of the rookie talkers -- except Jeff Probst,
which was steady -- also saw gains during the week. 

Disney-ABC's Katie clocked its best rating in eight
weeks, growing 5% from its previous session to hit a 2.0, its second-highest
week ever. Katie scored a big get for Thursday, Jan. 24, with an
exclusive with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, reportedly the victim of an
Internet hoax that led him to believe he had a girlfriend who tragically died
of leukemia last September.

NBCU's Steve Harvey, now definitely returning for
next season and currently being renewed in some markets through 2016, hit a
series high, leaping 14% to a 1.6. CTD's Jeff Probst was flat at a 0.8.
Twentieth's Ricki Lake added 14% to tie Probst at a 0.8. NBCU's Trisha
Goddard
jumped 25% to a 0.5.

All of the veteran magazines were up for the week. CTD's
revamped omg! Insider debuted at a 1.5, a 7% improvement from the prior
week and the show's prior version and a 17% gain among women 18-49 to a 0.7. At
the top of the magazine rack, CTD's Entertainment Tonight added 6% to a
3.8, while its Inside Edition climbed 10% to a 3.2. Warner Bros.' TMZ
strengthened 6% to a 1.9. NBCU's Access Hollywood gained 6% to a 1.8.
Warner Bros.' Extra advanced 7%, and 23% in two weeks to a 1.6, tying
its season high. Twentieth's rookie Dish Nation was unchanged at a 0.9.

The top-three game shows all hit new season highs. CTD's Wheel
of Fortune
sped up 10% from the prior week to a new season-high 7.6, tying
Warner Bros.' The Big Bang Theory for syndication's overall lead. CTD's Jeopardy!
buzzed in with a 13% rise to a new season-high 6.8. 

Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud hit a new season and
series high, adding 6% to a 5.4 and ranking fourth in overall syndication.
Feud also hit all-time best in daytime's key female demographics, coming
in second behind only CTD's Judge Judy at a 2.3 in women 18-49 and
third behind Judy and Wheel at a 2.6 among women
25-54. Disney-ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which will hire
a new host next season, and NBCU's rookie Baggage, starring
Jerry Springer, both were unchanged at a 2.4 and 1.2, respectively. 

While most of syndication saw gains as shows returned to
originals, court was largely down or steady. Judge Judy bucked that
trend, however, spiking 11% for the week to a 7.3 and second place in overall
syndication. CTD's Judge Joe Brown also improved, adding 4% to a 2.5. On
the other hand, Warner Bros.' People's Court faded 5% to a 1.9. Warner
Bros.' Judge Mathis dropped 6% to a 1.5. Twentieth's Judge Alex
was flat at a 1.4. Twentieth's Divorce Court dropped 7% to a 1.3.
Entertainment Studios' America's Court was unchanged at a 1.8, while its
newcomer, Justice for All, slid 20% to a 0.4, while its rookie, We
the People
, was flat at a 0.2. 

The Big Bang Theory led both off-net sitcoms and
syndication at a 7.6, its second-highest rating thus far in syndication. Warner
Bros.' Two and a Half Men tacked on 4% to a 5.5. Twentieth's Family
Guy
picked up 8% to a 3.9. Twentieth's How I Met Your Mother fell 6%
to a 2.9. Twentieth's King of the Hill and Sony's Seinfeld both
climbed 9% to a 2.4. Warner Bros.' Friends faded 5% to a 2.1. CTD's Everybody
Loves Raymond
remained at a 2.0.