Syndication Ratings: ‘Office' Keeps Working Through Spring Lows

As PUT levels drop, rookie comedy spikes in women's demos

Most syndication shows were flat or down slightly in the
week ending April 18, as mid-spring PUT levels dropped by an average of more
then 3.5 million viewers from the week prior. 
Rookie champ NBCU's The Office
was a bright spot, however, climbing 7% to 3.1, its highest household rating in
four weeks.  Even better, the show spiked
15% in W18-34 to a 2.7 and 9% in W18-49 to a 2.5 and ranked no. 1 in both demos
among all shows in syndication.

Other new off-net sitcoms included CBS Television's (CTD) Everybody Hates Chris, which rose 13% to
1.7 and Twentieth's My Name Is Earl,
which fell 6% to 1.6. 

In first-run, Sony's Dr.
weakened 4% to 2.4.  Twentieth's Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader sank
7% to a new season-low 1.4. 
Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams
jumped 30% to 1.3 and Litton's Street
continued to hang out far back at an unchanged 0.6.

Elsewhere in daytime, CTD's Oprah declined 5% to 3.8, losing to Judge Judy (CTD) for the fifth week in a row.  Judy
was off 4% to 4.4, but was 7% ahead of last year at this time.  Oprah
was down 19% from last year.  Among other
talkers, CTD's Dr. Phil held steady
at 2.4.  Disney/ABC's Live With Regis and Kelly fell 8% to
2.4.  Warner Bros.' Ellen Degeneres and NBCU's Maury
were unchanged at 2.1 and 1.9, respectively. 
CTD's The Doctors slipped 6%
to 1.7.  CTD's Rachael Ray remained at a 1.5. 
NBCU's Jerry Springer was up
8% to 1.4.  NBCU's Steve Wilkos and Warner Bros.' Bonnie
were both flat at 1.2 and 0.8, respectively.  NBCU's Martha
tumbled 17% to 0.5.

CTD's Judge Joe Brown
was the no. 2 court show with a 2.1, down 5% from the prior session.  Warner Bros.' People's Court was flat at 2.0. 
Warner Bros.' Judge Mathis
slid 6% to 1.5.  Twentieth's Judge Alex and Divorce Court
and Warner Bros.' Judge Jeannine Pirro
were all unchanged at 1.4, 1.3 and 1.0, respectively.

Game shows did little. 
CTD's Wheel of Fortune got a
flat 6.5.  CTD's Jeopardy faded 2% to 5.4. 
Disney/ABC's Who Wants to Be a
dwindled 4% to 2.3. 
Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud
remained unchanged at 1.4.

CTD's Entertainment
topped the magazines with a steady 4.1.  CTD's Inside
stumbled 3% to 3.0.  Warner
Bros.' TMZ gained 5% to 2.0.  NBCU's Access
was flat at 1.9.  The
Insider was down 6% to 1.7.  Warner
Bros.' Extra was unchanged at 1.7.

Off-net sitcoms were mixed. 
Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men
receded 2% to 4.6.  Twentieth's Family Guy was down 3% to 3.2.  CTD's Everybody
Loves Raymond
, Sony's Seinfeld
and Warner Bros.' George Lopez were
all flat at 3.0, 2.8, and 2.7, respectively. 
Twentieth's King of the Hill
erased 4% of its ratings to 2.3.  Warner
Bros.' Friends added 5% to 2.2.  House
of Payne
was unchanged at 1.7.  Frasier grew 7% to 1.5.  Sony's King
of Queens
tumbled 7% to a new season-low 1.4.