Court shows were the strongest genre in the week ending
Sunday, Aug. 29, as summer wound down and audience levels dropped by more than
two million viewers.
CBS Televisionâ€™s Judge
Judy improved 2% for the week and 14% for the year to a 4.2 live plus same
day average household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. That marks
the 22nd time in the last 24 weeks that Judy has been the number one first-run show in daytime syndication.
In second place, CTDâ€™s Judge
Joe Brown grew 5% to a 2.1, a rank he has held or tied for 608 consecutive
weeks or every week for nearly 12 years. Judge
Joe also was up 14% from the prior week among women 18-49 and 22% among
Warner Bros.â€™ Peopleâ€™s
Court held steady at a 1.8. Warner Bros.â€™ Judge Mathis added 7% to a 1.6. Twentiethâ€™s Judge Alex and Divorce Court
each were even week to week at a 1.3 and 1.2, respectively. Warner Bros.â€™ Judge Jeannine Pirro gained 10% to a 1.1.
Littonâ€™s Street Court, coming to the
end of its run, advanced 20% to a 0.6.
In contrast, talk shows were tepid. CTDâ€™s Oprah fell to a 2.9, its lowest rating
in six weeks and just one-tenth of a point above its all-time low. The show was
down 3% week to week and 19% year to year.
Disney-ABCâ€™s Live with
Regis and Kelly slipped 5% to a new season low 2.1. NBCUâ€™s Maury, passing Dr. Phil for third place among households and behind only Oprah among viewers, was flat at a 2.0. Dr. Phil, the only talker that gained in
the prior week, fell back down 5% to a 1.9 and slipped to fourth place. That
tied Sonyâ€™s Dr. Oz, which was unchanged
at a 1.9.
Warner Bros.â€™ Ellen
DeGeneres and CTDâ€™s The Doctors
each were flat at a 1.5 and 1.4, respectively. NBCUâ€™s Jerry Springer slid 7% to a 1.4, but improved 17% over the same
week last summer. CTDâ€™s Rachael Ray
was steady at a 1.3. NBCUâ€™s Steve Wilkos
declined 8% to a 1.2. Debmar-Mercuryâ€™s Wendy
Williams climbed 11% to a 1.1. Warner Bros.â€™ Bonnie Hunt, nearing the end of its run, remained at a 0.6, while NBCUâ€™s
Martha Stewart, who is ending her show
on broadcast and moving to Hallmark Channel, plunged 20% to a new season low
CTDâ€™s Entertainment Tonight
topped the magazines, holding firm at a 3.4, despite being one of several
access shows to run into pre-season football preemptions in several large
markets on Aug. 27.
Meanwhile, the showâ€™s weekend version, CTDâ€™s ET Weekend, was the number-one first-run
weekend hour for the 397th time in the past 400 weeks with a 1.7, up
6% for the week and 21% for the year.
CTDâ€™s Inside Edition
yielded 4% to a 2.6. Warner Bros.â€™ TMZ
rose 6% to a 1.8. NBCUâ€™s Access Hollywood
also jumped 6% to a 1.7. CTDâ€™s The
Insider was unchanged at a 1.5, tying Extra,
which grew 7%.
Game shows were mixed. CTDâ€™s Wheel of Fortune inched up 2% to a 5.8. CTDâ€™s Jeopardy! recovered 4% from its season low in the prior week to a
4.9. Disney-ABCâ€™s Who Wants to be a Millionaire
slipped 4% to a 2.2. Debmar-Mercuryâ€™s Family
Feud and Twentiethâ€™s Are You Smarter
than a Fifth Grader each were flat at a 1.5 and 1.2, respectively.
Warner Bros.â€™ Two and
a Half Men continued to lead the off-net sitcoms, although it dipped 2% to
a 4.3. After three weeks of ties, CTDâ€™s Everybody
Loves Raymond finally stole second place from Twentiethâ€™s Family Guy, and was unchanged at a 3.1. Family Guy slipped 3% to a 3.0 and third
place. NBCUâ€™s The Office improved 4%
to a 2.8. Sonyâ€™s Seinfeld gained 4%
to a 2.6. Twentiethâ€™s King of the Hill
and Warner Bros.â€™ Friends each were
flat at a 2.2 and 2.1, respectively. Warner Bros.â€™ George Lopez lost 17% to a new season low 2.0, tying CTDâ€™s Everybody Hates Chris, which surged 25%.