Syndicationâs two new first-run rookies saw gains and sampling in the session ending Oct. 21, the final week before the start of the November sweep, which runs from Oct. 25 to Nov. 21.
CBS Television Distributionâs panel talker Face the Truth,Â starring Vivica A. Fox, grew 14% to a 0.8 live plus same day national rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. Face the Truth also saw improvement of 25% to a 0.5 among daytimeâs key demographic of women 25-54.
Debmar-Mercuryâs new court show,Â Caught in Providence, jumped 20% to a 0.6 and added 50% in the key demo to a 0.3.
While those two shows saw gains, that was rare in a week that saw decreased levels of people watching television as cable news siphoned viewers away with coverage of the migrant caravan that began in Honduras on Oct. 13. As a result, none of the top-ten veteran talkers and only one of the court shows improved during the week.
Among the established talkers, CTDâs Dr. Phil led the category for the 111th straight week, including two ties, holding steady at a 2.8. Among women 25-54. the show was again first in talk with a 1.2 in the key demo. The prognosis is for a lot more to come with Dr. Phil McGrawâs talent deal renewed through 2023. The show is currently renewed through 2020.
Disney-ABCâs Live with Kelly and Ryan claimed sole possession of second place for the fourth straight week, holding steady at a 2.1. Warner Bros.â Ellen DeGeneres was unchanged in third place at a 2.0 for a fourth straight week.
There was a three-way race for fourth place between NBCUniversalâs Steve, starring Steve Harvey and Debmar-Mercuryâs Wendy Williams, with both shows maintaining at a 1.3 in households, while NBCâs Maury retreated 7% to tie Steve and Wendy.
NBCUâs Steve Wilkos held at a 1.1 for a sixth consecutive week, tying CTDâs Rachael Ray which held steady for a third straight week. Sony Pictures Televisionâs Dr. Oz faded 9% to a 1.0.
Warner Bros.â The Real was unchanged at a 0.7. CTDâs The Doctors delivered a 20% increase to a 0.6. NBCUâs out-of-production Jerry Springer, which now airs in repeats on The CW network and on some stations in syndication, and Disney-ABCâs Pickler & Ben, produced by E.W. Scripps, were both flat at a 0.4.
CTDâs court leader Judge Judy was the only courtroom to improve for both the week and the year. Judy scored a four-week high 6.9 to top all of syndication for the 12 straight session and rose 1% for the week and 3%for the year.
CTDâs Hot Bench dipped 4% to a 2.2, but still ranked third in daytime behind only Judy and Phil.
Warner Bros.â Peopleâs Court and Warner Bros.â Judge Mathis and Twentiethâs Divorce Court all were unchanged at a 1.4, 1.0 and 0.7, respectively.
Debmar-Mercuryâs Family Feud was the clear game-show leader for a second straight week, adding 2% to a 6.3. CTDâs Jeopardy! climbed 3% to a 6.1, while CTDâs Wheel of Fortune inched ahead 2% to a 6.0.
Further back, Disney-ABCâs Who Wants to be a Millionaire remained at a 1.6 for a sixth straight week. Entertainment Studiosâ Funny You Should Ask stayed at a 0.5 for the 13th straight week.
Disney-ABCâs viral video show RightThis Minute remained at a 1.2 for a fifth consecutive week.
Among magazines, the only two shows to improve for the week were NBCUâs Access and Warner Bros.â. Extra. CTDâs Inside Edition and ET both held steady at a 3.0 and 2.9, respectively. Access finished ahead of Warner Bros.â TMZ for the first time this season, climbing 8% to a 1.3 and taking third place in the genre. TMZ stayed at a 1.2. Warner Bros.â Extra advanced 10% to a 1.1, despite being heavily preempted by sports programming.
CTDâs DailyMailTV held steady at a 1.0 while Twentiethâs Page Six TV did not air its primary run on Oct. 18 in numerous large markets, including New York and Los Angeles, due to Thursday Night Football on Fox and slipped 14% to a 0.6. Trifectaâs Celebrity Page remained at a 0.2 for the third straight week.
In the true-crime genre, NBCUâs off-network Dateline gave back 7% to a 1.3 after hitting a new season high in the prior week. SPTâs off-A&E Live PD Police Patrol and off-Investigation Discoveryâs True Crime Files both remained at a 0.9 and 0.3, respectively.
NBCUâs off-net police procedural Chicago PD surged 14% to a 0.9 in its fourth week.
Warner Bros.â The Big Bang Theory eased 2% to a 4.1 to lead the off-net sitcoms. Twentiethâs Last Man Standing leaped 10% to a 2.3. Twentiethâs Modern Family was flat at a 1.9. SPTâs The Goldbergs stood pat at a 1.5. Twentiethâs Family Guy grew 17% to a 1.4. Warner Bros.â Two and a Half Men moved down 7% to a 1.3. Disney-ABCâs Black-ish broke even with the prior week at a 1.1. Warner Bros.â Mike & Molly declined 9% to a 1.0, tying Warner Bros.â 2 Broke Girls, which remained at a 1.0 for the seventh straight week. SPTâs Seinfeld was steady at a 0.9, tying Warner Bros.â Mom, which moved up 13%.