Courts prevailed in the week ended Oct. 14, with three of the top-four shows in the genre seeing rising ratings.
Otherwise, the week was marked by coverage of both the swearing-in of newest Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and of Hurricane Michael, which caused widespread preemptions and power outages as well as massive destruction in Floridaâs panhandle.
CBS Television Distributionâs Judge Judy set the pace among the courts and topped all of syndication for the 11th straight week with a 6.8 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, up 1% for the week.
In second place, CTDâs Hot Bench climbed 5% to a new season high 2.3, its best rating since the week of May 7 and ranking it the number-three show in daytime behind only Judy and CTDâs top talker, Dr. Phil.
Debmar-Mercuryâs Family Feud advanced 5% to a new season-high 6.2 and returned to sole possession of first place atop the games after losing and then tying in the prior two weeks. CTDâs Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune both held steady in a tie for second place among the games at a 5.9.
Further back, Disney-ABCâs Who Wants to be a Millionaire remained at a 1.6 for a fifth straight week, while Entertainment Studiosâ Funny You Should Ask stayed at a 0.5 for the 12th consecutive week.
Disney-ABCâs viral video show RightThisMinute clocked an unchanged 1.2 for the fourth consecutive week.
In daytime, Dr. Phil led the talkers for the 110th week in a row, including two ties, and held firm at a 2.8. Among daytimeâs key demographic of women 25-54, Phil led with a 1.3.
In second place, Disney-ABCâs Live with Kelly and Ryan fell back 5% to a 2.1 after hitting a new season high in the prior week.
Warner Bros.â Ellen DeGeneres was unchanged at a 2.0 for a third consecutive week. NBCUâs Maury recovered 8% to a 1.4. NBCUâs Steve held steady at a 1.3 tying Debmar-Mercuryâs Wendy Williams, which gained 8%. NBCUâs Steve Wilkos was flat at a 1.1 for a fifth straight week, tying CTDâs Rachael Ray, which was flat, and SPTâs Dr. Oz, which rose 10% to a new season high.
Warner Brosâ The Real rebounded 17% to a 0.7. CTDâs The Doctors, NBCUâs Jerry Springer and Disney-ABCâs Pickler & Ben, produced by E.W. Scripps, all held with the prior week at a 0.5, 0.4 and 0.4, respectively.
CTDâs rookie panel talker Face the Truth, starring Vivica A. Fox, stood fast at a 0.7 with a 0.4 among women 25-54, while Debmar-Mercuryâs courtroom newcomer Caught in Providence was unchanged at a 0.5 in households and down 33% to a 0.2 from a 0.3 in the key demo.
CTDâs Inside Edition added 3% to a 3.0 to lead the magazines, finishing just ahead of sister show Entertainment Tonight, which strengthened 4% to a 2.9. NBCUâs Access gave back 8% to a 1.2, after notching a 20-week high in the prior session, to tie Warner Bros.â TMZ, which also lost 8%.
CTDâs DailyMailTV delivered a steady 1.0, tying Warner Bros.â Extra, which eased 9%. Twentiethâs Page Six TV was unchanged at a 0.7. Trifectaâs Celebrity Page stood pat at a 0.2.
On the unscripted true-crime beat, NBCUâs off-network Dateline surged 17% to a new season-high 1.4. SPTâs off-A&E Live PD Police Patrol and off Investigation Discoveryâs True Crime Files remained at a 0.9 and 0.3, respectively.
NBCâs scripted crime procedural Chicago PD held at a 0.8 in week three and grew 25% among women 25-54 to a new season high 0.5.
Warner Bros.â off-net sitcom leader The Big Bang Theory inched up 2% to a 4.2. Twentiethâs Last Man Standing jumped 5% to a 2.1. Twentiethâs Modern Family was flat at a 1.9. SPTâs The Goldbergs grew 7% to a new season-high 1.5. Warner Bros.â Two and a Half Men moved ahead 8% to a 1.4. Twentiethâs Family Guy eroded 8% to a 1.2. Disney-ABCâs rookie Black-ish blew up 10% to hit a new season-high 1.1, tying Warner Bros.â Mike & Molly, which stayed at a 1.1 for a fourth straight week. Warner Bros.â 2 Broke Girls remained at a 1.0 for a sixth straight week, while SPTâs Seinfeld was steady at a 0.9.