Most of syndication gained ground in the week ending May 11, which included
the second full week of the May sweep. Especially solid were the closely watched
new first-run strips and the court shows.
Four of the top five rookie first-runs showed improvement.
King World Productions' Dr. Phil was up 4% to 4.9.
Buena Vista Television's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire -- which had another
million-dollar winner May 8 -- hit its highest rating yet in New York, 5.6/14,
and beat King World's Oprah and Paramount Television's Judge Judy
Nationally, Millionaire moved up 7% to 3.2. Sony Pictures Television's
Pyramid gained 6% to 1.9. Warner Bros.' Celebrity Justice,
cleared mainly in late-night slots, was up 8% to 1.3.
Also at 1.3, NBC Enterprises' The John Walsh Show was unchanged.
Elsewhere, five of the seven court shows had week-to-week growth.
Paramount's Judge Judy was up 4% to 5.0, while Paramount's
Judge Joe Brown jumped 9% to 3.5.
Twentieth Television's Divorce Court gained 4% to 2.9. Warner Bros.'
People's Court was up 5% to 2.2 and Warner Bros.' Judge Greg
Mathis was up 5% to 2.0.
Twentieth's Texas Justice slipped 5% down to 2.1 and Sony's
Judge Hatchett was unchanged at 1.6.
In access, magazines, off-network shows and game shows were all mixed.
Among mags, Paramount's Entertainment Tonight continued to dominate, moving up 2%
to 5.3. King World's Inside Edition fell 3% to 3.0.
NBC Enterprises' Access Hollywood was up 4% to 2.5 and Warner
Bros.' Extra! dipped 4% to 2.4.
Warner Bros.' Friends was the top off-net sitcom for the fourth time
in the last six weeks, gaining 3% to 6.6.
Sony's Seinfeld dropped out of the top spot, losing 2% to 6.5.
King World's Everybody Loves Raymond was up 3% to 6.1.
In game-show action, the top-two games, King World's Wheel of Fortune
and King World's Jeopardy! were down slightly, losing 1% to 8.7
and 3% to 6.8, respectively.
But after Millionaire in third, Hollywood Squares was up 13% to 2.7 in fourth place.
Other winners included top talker Oprah, which opened up its biggest
lead in 12 weeks over second place Dr. Phil with a 5% increase to
Paramount's Entertainment Tonight Weekend gained 8% to
3.9. Second-place Warner Bros.' ER was unchanged at 2.6.