Syndication Ratings: Even Is the New Up in Week Ended April 17

'Wendy Williams,' 'Rachael Ray,' 'Jerry Springer,' 'The Real' only talkers to rise
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CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil led the talkers in the mostly steady week ended April 17 with an unchanged 3.1 live plus same day average in households and a 1.4 among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. This week, Dr. Phil will air an exclusive two-part interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, as May sweeps gets underway on April 28.

Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael, soon to again be Live with Kelly, slipped 3% to a 2.9. However, the show’s ratings are expected to balloon when numbers are released for Kelly Ripa’s return to Live on Tuesday and again on Michael Strahan’s last day May 13.

Related: Michael Strahan to Exit 'Live' on May 13

Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres dropped 4% to a 2.3. NBCUniversal’s Steve Harvey and Maury stood pat at a 1.8 and 1.7, respectively, rounding out the top five. Maury rose 9% among women 25-54 tying Ellen for third place at a 1.2.

Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams climbed 7% to a 1.6, and added 14% from last year at this time. CTD’s Rachael Ray rose 7% to a 1.5, and jumped 15% from last year, the most annual growth of any talker.

Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz and NBCU’s Steve Wilkos both were unchanged at a 1.4. NBCU’s Jerry Springer grew 8% to a 1.3, an eight-week high. CTD’s The Doctors stayed at a 1.0, tying Warner Bros.’ The Real, which rallied 11%. NBCU’s Meredith Vieira, which will be ending its run shortly, was flat at a 0.8.

Warner Bros.’ Crime Watch Daily held steady at a 1.0, tying CTD’s The Doctors and Warner Bros.’ The Real. Disney-ABC’s FABLife lost 13% to a 0.7, while NBCU’s Crazy Talk remained at a 0.5. Neither FABLife nor Crazy Talk will return for second seasons.

CTD’s Judge Judy dipped 1% for the week to lead all of syndication and court shows at a 6.9 in households, up 8% from last year.

CTD’s Hot Bench was flat at a 2.5 to rank fourth in daytime, behind Judy, Dr. Phil and Live and climbing 32% from last year, the most of any syndicated strip.

Warner Bros.’ People’s Court climbed 12% to a 1.9. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis, Twentieth’s Divorce Court and Trifecta’s Judge Faith all were even at a 1.5, 1.3 and 0.9, respectively. 

The only game show to improve for the week was Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which finished 2% higher at a 6.5, nipping at CTD’s Wheel of Fortune’s heels at a flat 6.6. The only game to decline for the week was CTD’s Jeopardy!, which softened 2% to a 6.0.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire both were unchanged at a 1.4 and 1.3, respectively. 

Meanwhile, MGM’s viral video show RightThisMinute remained at a 1.2, down 20% from last year at this time.

CTD’s Entertainment Tonight, CTD’s Inside Edition, Warner Bros.’ TMZ, NBCU’s Access Hollywood and Warner Bros.’ Extra all were steady for the week at a 3.1, 2.9, 1.8, 1.6 and 1.4, respectively. CTD’s The Insider was the sole magazine to show growth, improving 9% to a 1.2.

Twentieth’s Dish Nation and the newly renamed Trifecta’s Celebrity Page were both flat at a 1.0 and 0.3, respectively.

Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory dipped 2% to lead the off-net sitcoms at a 5.6. Twentieth’s Modern Family faded 6% to a 3.1. Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men dropped 4% to a 2.7. Twentieth’s Family Guy gave back 9% to a 2.1, tying Warner Bros.’ Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls, both of which added 5%. SPT’s Seinfeld skidded 5% to a 1.8. Twentieth’s The Cleveland Show slid 6% to a 1.6, tying Twentieth’s How I Met Your Mother, which was unchanged. Twentieth’s King of the Hill declined 7% to a 1.3.