Syndication Ratings: Syndies Wilt in Warm Spring Temps
'Judy,' 'Phil,' down and flat, respectively, but still lead court, talk genres
A sunny spring in most of the country kept syndie ratings depressed in the week ended May 20, even though the May sweep -- full of original episodes and plenty of promotion -- remained in full swing.
CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy topped syndication for the fourth week in a row, even though the show dipped 3% to a 6.9 live plus same day national household rating.
Among the talk shows, CTD's Dr. Phil topped talk for the 29th time this season, holding steady at a 3.2. Sony Pictures Television's Dr. Oz and NBCUniversal's Maury tied for second place among households, but Oz fell to third place among viewers. Maury improved 9% to a 2.5, while Oz fell 4% to a 2.5. Warner Bros.' Ellen was flat at a fourth-place 2.4, followed by Disney-ABC's Live! with Kelly, which remained at its season-low 2.3 for the fourth time in five weeks.
CTD's The Doctors followed at an unchanged 1.5. CTD's Rachael Ray retreated 7% to a 1.4, tying NBCU's Jerry Springer, which also lost 7%, and NBCU's Steve Wilkos, which added 8%. Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams and the already-canceled Nate Berkus remained at a 1.1 and 1.0, respectively.
Warner Bros.' Anderson was the top first-run rookie at a 1.3, down 7% from the prior week. Debmar-Mercury's Jeremy Kyle rebounded 20% -- or one-tenth of a ratings point -- to a 0.6, while Entertainment Studios' We the People was flat at a 0.4.
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'Anderson' episodes for the week ending May 20th ~
Monday, May 14: Co-Host Monday with Niecy Nash / Plus, Andy Cohen, Rosie Perez
Tuesday, May 15: Jennifer Connelly / A Phobia Is Ruining My Life / Anderson's Spelling Bee
Wednesday, May 16: 'Jeopardy!' / Debt Collector Nightmares / Top 10 Ways to Avoid ID Scams
Thursday, May 17: Bridezilla Intervention with Kim Zolciak / Tennis Champion Serena Williams
Friday, May 18: Caught on Tape: Using Electric Shock to Control Students -- The Controversial School / Suzanne Somers
Happy summer everyone!