Baseballâs World Series was the latest obstacle in syndiesâ path as three games airing on weeknights on Fox caused widespread preemptions amongst access shows in the week ended Oct. 28. The week also included the first two week days of the November sweep thatâs running Oct. 25 to Nov. 21.
Still, CBS Television Distributionâs Judge Judy rose to the occasion, leading all of syndication for the 13th straight week and surging 6% from the prior week and 3% from last year to a new season high 7.3 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, the showâs biggest household rating since the week of March 5.
The only other court show to improve on the week was CTDâs Hot Bench, which rose 5% to a 2.3 and ranked as the third highest daytime show for a third straight week. Warner Bros.â Peopleâs Court, Warner Bros.â Judge Mathis and Twentiethâs Divorce Court all were unchanged at a 1.4, 1.0 and 0.7, respectively.
In access, none of the games improved. Debmar-Mercuryâs usual leader, Family Feud, faded 3% to a 6.1 to tie CTDâs Jeopardy!, which held steady. CTDâs Wheel of Fortune slowed 2% to a 5.9.
Disney-ABCâs Who Wants to be a Millionaire lost 6% to a new season-low 1.5, while Entertainment Studiosâ Funny You Should Ask remained at a 0.5 for the 14th straight week.
Disney-ABCâs viral video show RightThisMinute clocked a 1.2 for a sixth consecutive week.
Among magazines, CTDâs Entertainment Tonight was the only strip to move up in a week where shows were either competing with the World Series in some markets or preempted by the games. ET still managed to climb 7% to a new season high 3.1, its best number since the week of May 28.
CTDâs Inside Edition was flat in second place at a 3.0. NBCUâs Access eased 8% to a 1.2 but finished third in the genre for a second straight week. Warner Bros.â Extra moved up to fourth place for the first time this season, holding steady at a 1.1.
CTDâs DailyMailTV delivered a stable 1.0 and for the first time, tied Warner Bros.â TMZ, which declined 17% to a new season low due to heavy preemptions on Fox-owned stations. This also was true for Twentiethâs Page Six TV, but it managed to hold on to a 0.6. Trifectaâs Celebrity Page posted a 0.2 for the fourth straight week.
In daytime, CTDâs Dr. Phil strengthened 4% to a four-week high 2.9 to lead the talkers for the 112th straight week including two ties. Among daytimeâs key demographic of women 25-54, Phil also led with a 1.3.
Disney-ABCâs Live with Kelly and Ryan took second for the fifth straight week with a 5% jump to a 2.2. Warner Bros.â Ellen DeGeneres remained at a third-place 2.0 for the fifth consecutive week. NBCUâs Maury recovered 8% to a 1.4. NBCUâs Steve, starring Steve Harvey, held steady at a 1.3. Among women 25-54, Steve improved 20% to a 0.6.
Debmar-Mercuryâs Wendy Williams, NBCUâs Steve Wilkos, CTDâs Rachael Ray, Sony Pictures Televisionâs Dr. Oz and Warner Bros.â The Real all were steady at a 1.3, 1.3, 1.1, 1.1, 1.0 and 0.7, respectively.
CTDâs The Doctors slipped 17% to a 0.5, while NBCUâs Jerry Springer, which airs only in repeats and is rated separately for its CW network and syndicated runs, was flat at a 0.4. Disney-ABCâs Pickler & Ben, produced by E. W. Scripps, continued to tie Springer at an unchanged 0.4.
Among this yearâs two new first-run rookies, CTDâs panel talker Face the Truth starring Vivica A. Fox, was steady at a 0.8, while Debmar-Mercuryâs Caught in Providence held at a 0.6.
On the true crime beat, NBCUâs off-net strip Dateline improved 8% to a 1.4. SPTâs off-A&E Live PD Police Patrol popped up 22% to a new season-high 1.1. Off-Investigation Discovery True Crime Files stayed at a 0.3 for the seventh straight week.
Meanwhile, NBCUâs scripted police procedural Chicago PD shot up 11% to a new season-high 1.0 in its fifth week in syndication.
Many of the off-net sitcoms were preempted for Foxâs airing of the World Series, forcing ratings down across the board. Warner Bros.â The Big Bang Theory dipped 2% to a new season-low 4.0. Twentiethâs Last Man Standing slid 9% to a 2.1 Twentiethâs Modern Family forged ahead 5% to a 2.0. SPTâs The Goldbergs stood its ground at a 1.5. Twentiethâs Family Guy gave back 7% to a 1.3, tying Warner Bros.â Two and a Half Men, which held steady for a second week. Disney-ABCâs Black-ish banked a 1.1 for the third straight week, tying Warner Bros.â Mike & Molly, which rebounded 10% to a 1.1. Warner Bros.â 2 Broke Girls sank 10% to a new series low 0.9, tying Warner Bros.â Mom and SPTâs Seinfeld, both of which were unchanged.