Syndication Ratings: 'Maury' Joins 'Dr. Phil,' 'Regis and Kelly' Atop Talkers

'Maury' also tops in all female and adult demographics
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Maury tied Dr. Phil and Live with Regis and Kelly to make it a three-way tie for first among the talkers.
With summer in full swing, almost all syndicated talk shows went into repeats and thus declined in the week ending June 19.

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Each of the top three shows tied for a 2.3 live plus same day average household rating. CBS Television Distribution's Dr. Phil, which has been the talk leaders since the end of Oprah on May 25, declined 15% from the prior week after airing in only 88% of the country on June 16 and 17 due to coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament. Disney-ABC's Live with Regis and Kelly dropped 4%, while NBCUniversal's Maury, always a strong summer performer, gained 5%. Maury also was the top talk show across all of the key female and adult demographics.

CTD's Oprah, in repeats as the show wraps its 25-year run, dropped 16% to a 2.1, a new series low. Sony's Dr. Oz also skidded to a new season low, sinking 10% to a 1.9. Warner Bros.' Ellen remained at its season low 1.6 for the second week in a row. NBCU's Jerry Springer -- which, like Maury, performs well in the summer -- tacked on 8% to a 1.4. CTD's The Doctors slipped 7% to a new season low 1.3, tying CTD's Rachael Ray and NBCU's Steve Wilkos, both of which were flat. In last place, Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams dropped 11% to a new series low 0.8.

CTD's Judge Judy continued to lead all of syndication despite dipping 4% from the prior session to a 6.6. CTD's Judge Joe Brown was flat at a 2.6. Warner Bros.' People's Court gained 6% to a 1.9. Twentieth's Judge Alex faded 12% to a 1.5, tying Warner Bros.' Judge Mathis, which was flat. Twentieth's Divorce Court eroded 13% to a 1.4, while Warner Bros.' Judge Jeanine Pirro was unchanged at a 0.8.

CTD's Wheel of Fortune topped the games at a flat 5.9, while CTD's Jeopardy! inched up 2% to a 5.1. Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud jumped 9% to a 2.5. Disney-ABC's Who Wants to be a Millionaire fell 4% to a 2.2. Twentieth's Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader was flat at a 1.1.

None of the magazine shows improved over the prior week. CTD's leader Entertainment Tonight eased 3% to a 3.4. CTD's Inside Edition faded 4% to a 2.7. Warner Bros.' TMZ was unchanged at a 2.0. NBCU's Access Hollywood was off 6% to a 1.7. Warner Bros.' Extra and CTD's The Insider each were preempted in several major and each show fell 7% to new season-low 1.4s.

Among the rookies, CTD's Swift Justice held steady at a 1.6. Twentieth's Don't Forget the Lyrics tied Litton's Judge Karen's Court for second place at a 0.8. Lyrics declined 11% while Karen improved 14%. In fourth place for the first time this season, Sony's Nate Berkus tumbled 22% to a new series low 0.7. Entertainment Studios' America's Court was flat at a 0.3.

Among the off-net sitcoms, Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men advanced 5% from the previous week to a 6.1. Twentieth's Family Guy ticked up 2% to a 4.5. Disney-ABC's My Wife and Kids increased 6% to a 3.4. Warner Bros.' George Lopez, CTD's Everybody Loves Raymond and Sony's Seinfeld all tied for fourth place with Lopez dropping 4%, and Raymond and Seinfeld gaining 4% and 8%, respectively. NBCU's The Office was flat at a 2.4. Twentieth's King of the Hill ascended 4% to a 2.4. Warner Bros.' Friends, just renewed for a third cycle by Tribune, improved 5% to a 2.0.

Among the new off-net and off-cable strips, Twentieth's How I Met Your Mother climbed 7% to a 2.9. Warner Bros.' The New Adventures of Old Christine surged 23% to a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury's Meet the Browns was flat at a 1.3.

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