The top-tier off-network sitcoms were the only genre that saw increases in the weekend ended Aug. 26, which also marked the end of the 2017-18 TV season. Otherwise, almost nothing else improved as regularly scheduled TV programming was bumped by news and sports preemptions and levels of people using television plummeted.
Warner Bros.‚Äô The Big Bang Theory led the sitcoms with a steady 4.1 live plus same day national household rating. In second place, Twentieth‚Äôs sophomore Last Man Standing jumped 5% to a 2.1. Twentieth‚Äôs Modern Family strengthened 6% and came off a series low to a 1.9. Warner Bros.‚Äô Two and a Half Men moved ahead 7% to a 1.5, tying Twentieth‚Äôs Family Guy, which also grew 7%. Sony Pictures Television‚Äôs freshman The Goldbergs was the outlier of the group as the only comedy in the top 12 to decline, falling 7% to a 1.4. Warner Bros.‚Äô Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls, Sony Pictures Television‚Äôs Seinfeld, Twentieth‚Äôs How I Met Your Mother and The Cleveland Show and Warner Bros.‚Äô rookie Mom all were unchanged at a 1.2, 1.1, 1.0, 0.9, 0.9 and 0.9, respectively.¬†
Meanwhile in first run, daytime shows all were down or flat.
CTD‚Äôs Dr. Phil, which aired encore episodes all week, finished first for the 103rd straight week, with two ties, despite slipping 4% to a new season-low 2.5. Among daytime‚Äôs key demographic of women 25-54, Phil led with a 1.1.
Disney-ABC‚Äôs Live with Kelly and Ryan dipped 5% to a 1.9, but remained in sole possession of second place in talk for the tenth straight week.
Warner Bros.‚Äô The Ellen DeGeneres Show stayed at its season-low 1.5 for a third consecutive week. NBCUniversal‚Äôs Maury and Steve Wilkos both were unchanged at a 1.3 and 1.1, respectively. NBCU‚Äôs Steve, starring Steve Harvey, slipped 9% to a new season-low 1.0, with a full week of repeats, tying NBCU‚Äôs Jerry Springer, which slid 9%, and CTD‚Äôs Rachael Ray, which was flat.
SPT‚Äôs Dr. Oz stayed at its series-low 0.9. Likewise, Warner Bros.‚Äô Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen, Debmar-Mercury‚Äôs Wendy Williams and CTD‚Äôs The Doctors all were stable at a 0.8, 0.8 and 0.7, respectively.
NBCU‚Äôs Harry, which is now concluded, skidded 17% to a 0.5, tying Warner Bros.‚Äô The Real, which was steady.
Among the first-run newcomers, CTD‚Äôs Daily Mail TV aired reruns all week and eased 11% to a new season-low 0.8, but remained at a 0.4 among women 25-54. Twentieth‚Äôs Page Six TV, which ran only repackaged episodes, held steady at a 0.6 in households and stayed at a 0.4 in the demo, tying Daily Mail.
Entertainment Studios‚Äô Funny You Should Ask held at a 0.5 in households and a 0.2 in the key demo. For the ninth straight week, ratings for Disney-ABC‚Äôs Pickler & Ben, produced by E.W. Scripps, were reprocessed and not available.
CTD‚Äôs household ratings champion, Judge Judy, dipped 2% to a 6.5 but still led all first-run and off-net programs. CTD‚Äôs Hot Bench, which was mostly in repeats, dipped 5% to a 2.0, but ranked as daytime‚Äôs number-three show behind only Judy and Phil for the fourth straight week.
Warner Bros.‚Äô People‚Äôs Court and Judge Mathis, Twentieth‚Äôs Divorce Court and Trifecta‚Äôs Judge Faith, which is no longer in production, all were flat at a 1.4, 1.0, 0.7 and 0.5, respectively.
In access, some shows were penalized by preemptions for pre-season football and Major League Baseball. Magazines were mixed after getting boosts in the prior week from coverage of the life and death of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
CTD‚Äôs Inside Edition dropped 4% to a 2.7. Sister show Entertainment Tonight also gave back 4% to a 2.6. Warner Bros.‚Äô TMZ perked up 9% to a 1.2. NBCU‚Äôs Access retreated 9% to a 1.0, tying Warner Bros.‚Äô Extra, which held steady. Trifecta‚Äôs Celebrity Page tumbled 33% from a 0.3 to a 0.2.
Elsewhere in access, games were sluggish. Debmar-Mercury‚Äôs leader Family Feud was flat at a 6.1. CTD‚Äôs Wheel of Fortune slowed 2% to a new season-low 5.2, tying CTD‚Äôs Jeopardy!, which remained at its season-low 5.2. Disney-ABC‚Äôs Who Wants to be a Millionaire saw its portfolio lose 6% to a 1.5.
Meanwhile, Disney-ABC‚Äôs viral video show RightThisMinute sagged 8% to a new season-low 1.2 and NBCU‚Äôs off-net true crime strip Dateline relinquished 8% to a 1.1.¬†