From Broadcasting & Cable ~
Syndication Ratings: May Sweep Picks Up Steam
'Judge Judy' out in front, while 'Dr. Phil' extends talk lead
Syndies finally saw some ratings gains as May sweeps kicked into gear in the week ended May 13.
CBS Television Distribution's Dr. Phil widened its lead over the field, finishing the week at a 3.2 live plus same day household rating, a 10% improvement from the prior week, and the show's best ratings in ten weeks.
Sony's Dr. Oz dropped 4% to finish in second place at a 2.6. Warner Bros.' Ellen added 4% to a 2.4 and third place. NBCUniversal's Maury dipped 4% to a 2.3 to tie Disney-ABC's Live! with Kelly. CTD's Rachael Ray remained steady at a 1.5, tying CTD's The Doctors, which fell 6%. NBCU's Jerry Springer rebounded 15% from its prior-week season low. NBCU's Steve Wilkos added 8% to a 1.3. Debmar Mercury's Wendy Williams and Sony's Nate Berkus each were steady at a 1.1 and 1.0, respectively.
Warner Bros.' Anderson continued to lead the rookie first-run field, gaining 8% from the previous session to a 1.4. Debmar-Mercury's Jeremy Kyle softened 17% to a 0.5. Entertainment Studios' We the People was flat at a 0.4. CTD's late-night dating show, Excused, remained flat at a 0.6.
CTD's Judge Judy led both the court genre and all of syndication at a 7.1, up 4% from the prior week. Judy was the only syndie that managed to top a 7.0 rating.
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Anderson' episodes for the week ending May 13th ~
Monday, May 7: Co-Host Monday with Kristin Chenoweth / Anderson Investigates Beauty Bias / Fiona the Incredible Rescue Dog
Tuesday, May 8: Exclusive: Husband of the Bride Who Faked Cancer / Elizabeth Smart / 'Idol' Castoff
Wednesday, May 9: 'Dallas' Cast / 'Sister Wives' / Kelly Osbourne / A Surprise from Lady Antebellum
Thursday, May 10: 'Latest Teen Modeling Scams Exposed' with Kelly Cutrone / Plus, Susan Sarandon
Friday, May 11: Anderson's Mother's Day Show with Gloria Vanderbilt / Plus, Chandra Wilson, Jessica Alba and Their Moms
In other 'Anderson' news ~
Katie Couric’s talk show to air at 2 p.m. weekdays on WESH
“Katie” debuts Sept. 10 and will air at 3 and 4 p.m. in many other markets. But WESH has Ellen DeGeneres at 3 and local news at 4. So Couric will air live in the 2 p.m. slot. WESH is dropping “Anderson,” Anderson Cooper’s talk show.
ABC is opening the 3 p.m. weekday time slot to accommodate Couric’s syndicated talk show in the fall. ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 will offer a Steve Harvey syndicated talk show in the time slot.
NOTE: WESH is the NBC affiliate in Orlando. Not sure if another station is picking up 'Anderson' in the Orlando market or not.
And in the Washington DC market ~
7 To Run "Katie" At 4, Move "Anderson" To 3 - 5/16 - DCRTV hears that Allbritton's Channel 7/WJLA will move Anderson Cooper's "Anderson" show one hour earlier, start time 3 PM, come September. When it will debut Katie Couric's new "Katie" show at 4 PM. Cooper's lowish ratings have hurt the numbers for 7's 5 PM newscast. Also, DCRTV hears that WJLA will run "Good Morning America Afternoon Edition" at 2 PM for eight weeks starting in July, replacing the cancelled "The Revolution." Come September, "General Hospital" will get moved into the 2 PM slot on 7. It currently airs at 3 PM.....