CBS Television Distributionâ€™s court leader, Judge Judy, climbed to a syndication leading 7.0 in households in the week ended April 29, which included the first two days of the May sweep period. The May sweep runs April 26 – May 23.
That was Judyâ€™s highest score since the week ended April 1, with increases of 6% from the prior week and 4% from the prior year.
Other than Judy, very few first-run programs showed gains and many faced preemptions against news coverage of the Bill Cosby trial in Pennsylvania and Foxâ€™s coverage of the NFL draft.
The only other court show to gain for the week or the year was CTDâ€™s Hot Bench, which added 5% by both measures to a 2.3 to rank as the No. 3 show in daytime behind only Judy and CTDâ€™s talk leader Dr. Phil.
The remainder of the court shows were unchanged with Warner Bros.â€™ Peopleâ€™s Court and Judge Mathis, Twentiethâ€™s Divorce Court and Trifectaâ€™s Judge Faith all flat at a 1.5, 1.1, 0.9 and 0.6, respectively.
Elsewhere in daytime, only two of the 14 veteran talkers â€” Dr. Phil and Debmar-Mercuryâ€™s Wendy Williams â€” managed to improve as the survey period got underway. Dr. Phil climbed 3% to a three-week-high 3.2 and led the category for an 86th straight week with two ties.
Among daytimeâ€™s key demographic of women 25-54, Phil was first in talk with a 1.3 in the key demo, while Disney-ABCâ€™s Live With Kelly and Ryan, Warner Bros.â€™ The Ellen DeGeneres Show and NBCUniversalâ€™s Maury all tied for second place in the demo at a 0.9.
Back in households, Live and Ellen tied for second place for a second straight week with both shows dipping 5% to a 2.1, while Maury remained at a 1.4 for the eighth consecutive week.
Debmar-Mercuryâ€™s Wendy Williams recovered 8% to a 1.3. NBCUniversalâ€™s Steve, starring Steve Harvey, slipped 8% to a 1.2. CTDâ€™s Rachael Ray and NBCUâ€™s conflict talkers Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos all were unchanged at a 1.1, 1.1 and 1.0, respectively. Wilkos also is down 29% compared to last year at this time, the largest annual decline of any talker.
Sony Pictures Televisionâ€™s Dr. Oz fell back 9% to a 1.0, equalling its series low to tie Wilkos. Warner Bros.â€™ Crime Watch Daily With Chris Hansen was steady at a 0.9. CTDâ€™s The Doctors dropped 13% to a 0.7, matching its season low and tying Warner Bros.â€™ The Real and NBCUâ€™s canceled Harry, both of which stayed put.
Among the first-run rookies, CTDâ€™s DailyMailTV was certified flat at a 1.0 with a 0.5 in the demo. Even facing preemptions in top markets for NFL draft coverage, Twentiethâ€™s Page Six TV held steady at a 0.7 in households and a 0.4 in the demo in week seven of new-host tryouts.
Entertainment Studiosâ€™ Funny You Should Ask was unchanged at a 0.4 in households and a 0.2 in the demo. Disney-ABCâ€™s Pickler and Ben, produced by E. W. Scripps, stayed at a 0.3 in households with a 0.2 among women 25-54.
Magazines were mixed. CTDâ€™s Inside Edition edged ahead 3% to a 3.1, breaking a tie with sister show Entertainment Tonight, which held steady at a 3.0.
Warner Bros.â€™ TMZ fell 14% for the week and 20% from last year at this time to a 1.2. NBCUâ€™s Access eased 8% to a new season-low 1.1, tying Warner Bros.â€™ Extra, which also held steady.
Trifectaâ€™s Celebrity Page remained at a 0.2.
All of the games were flat to down. Debmar-Mercuryâ€™s Family Feud stayed at a 6.5. CTDâ€™s Jeopardy! slumped 5% to a 5.9. CTDâ€™s Wheel of Fortune faded 5% to a 5.8, while further back, Disney-ABCâ€™s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire broke even with an unchanged 1.6 for the fifth straight week.
Disney-ABCâ€™s RightThisMinute sagged 7% to a new season low 1.3, tying NBCUâ€™s off-net true-crime strip, Dateline, which was flat.
Warner Bros.â€™ off-net leader The Big Bang Theory lost 2% for the week to a 4.5. Twentiethâ€™s Modern Family leveled off at its series-low 2.0 for a third straight week, a decline of 20% from last year. Twentiethâ€™s Last Man Standing, which may be resurrected on Fox, stood pat at a 1.7. SPTâ€™s rookie The Goldbergs and Warner Bros.â€™ Two and a Half Men both remained at a 1.6. Twentiethâ€™s Family Guy gained 7% to a 1.5. Warner Bros.â€™ Mike & Molly and Warner Bros.â€™ 2 Broke Girls were unchanged at a 1.4 and 1.2, respectively. SPTâ€™s Seinfeld suffered shrinkage of 9% to a 1.0, tying Twentiethâ€™s The Cleveland Show, which stayed at its series low for a third straight week.
Among the off-net rookies, Warner Bros.â€™ Mom was stable at a 0.9 for a third consecutive week, while CTDâ€™s The Game continued to play at an unchanged 0.4 for the 12th time in 13 weeks.