Most Syndicated Shows Down After Sweeps

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The ratings for most syndicated shows were down in the week ended March 13 compared with the previous week. Many programs were in repeats after the end of February sweeps. A ratings decline typically occurs following a sweeps period.

The Oprah Winfrey Show posted the biggest drop of any first-run strip. Still the No. 1 talk show in syndication, Oprah had a 7.0 national rating for the week, down 20% from the week ended March 6.

Dr. Phil bucked the trend, gaining 2% from the previous week with a 6.0 national rating. Starting Over was up 9% with a 1.2 rating.

Most game shows, magazines and off-net comedies were also down. But the queen of the courtroom, Judge Judy, was the only magistrate whose audience didn’t show a decline. The show held steady from the prior week with a 5.2 household rating.