'Dr. Phil' on the Rise

CBS Television Distribution's Dr. Phil continued its upsurge in the week ending November 7, which
included the first full week of the November sweep.

Phil gained 11%
from the prior week to a 3.0 live plus same day household rating, according to
Nielsen Media Research, marking the third week in a row that the talker hit a
new high and the show's best performance in six months. Phil also improved among all key demographics, including 25% among
young women 18-34.

The other talker to hit a new season high was Warner Bros.' Ellen, which gained 9% to a 2.4, the
show's highest rating since March.

CTD's talk leader Oprah
remained flat at a strong 5.2 and was again daytime's top-rated show. Phil was alone in second place, followed
by Disney-ABC's Live with Regis and Kelly,
which dipped 4% to a 2.5. Sony's Dr. Oz
tied Ellen for fourth place,
improving 9% to a 2.4.

NBCU's Maury, CTD's
The Doctors and CTD's Rachael Ray all were steady at a 2.0,
1.7 and 1.6, respectively. NBCU's Jerry
advanced 8% and 17% for the year to a 1.4, tying sibling Steve Wilkos, which recovered from a
season low in the prior session with a 17% gain for the week and a 27% gain for
the year. Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams
remained in last place, flat at a 1.1.

It also was a good week for the entertainment magazines,
with CTD's Entertainment Tonight climbing
5% to hit its highest ratings in 18 weeks and a new season high 4.1. The show
also gained 10% among women 18-34. The show's weekend edition also performed
well, rocketing up 47% to a new season high 2.2.

CTD's Inside Edition,
in second place, was unchanged at a 2.9, while NBC Universal's Access Hollywood improved 6% in
households to a 1.9 and scored gains in every key demo, including a 33% spike
among women 25-54. CTD's The Insider was
flat at a 1.8, but was the only magazine to improve year to year, jumping 6%.
Warner Bros.' TMZ was down 6% to a
1.6, tying Warner Bros.' Extra, which
was flat, but up 13% among women 18-49. Extra
continued its uptrend, jumping 18% to a new season high 1.3.

Sweeps didn't provide as much fuel for the court shows. CTD's
court leader, Judge Judy, was the
only veteran court show to improve from the prior week, gaining 5% to a 4.4. In
second place, CTD's Judge Joe Brown
earned a 2.0, even with the prior week. In third place, Warner Bros.' People's Court also held firm at a 1.9. Warner
Bros.' Judge Mathis dropped 6% to a
1.6. Twentieth's Divorce Court fell
8% to a 1.2, tying Twentieth's Judge Alex,
which was unchanged. Warner Bros.' Judge
Jeannine Pirro
sank 10% to a last place 0.9.

The season's top first-run rookie, CTD’s Swift Justice with Nancy Grace, widened
its lead over the rookie field, jumping 8% from the prior week to a 1.3 in
households, and improved 40% among women 18-49. The show returned to prior
ratings levels after Fox ended its retransmission consent dispute with
Cablevision that was keeping it and other shows off the air for a couple of weeks
in October.

In second place, Sony's Oprah
spin-off, Nate Berkus, fell 10% to a
0.9, tying Twentieth's Don't Forget the
, which was flat. Litton's Judge
Karen's Court
and Entertainment Studios' America's Court with Judge Ross each were unchanged at a 0.6 and
0.4, respectively.

In thirteen metered markets, NBCU's Access Hollywood Live averaged a 1.0 rating/3 share for the first
week of the sweep, up 25% over year-ago time periods.

Game shows were little changed, although topper CTD's Wheel of Fortune rolled up 4% to a new
season high 7.0. CTD's Jeopardy!, Disney-ABC's
Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Debmar-Mercury's
Family Feud and Twentieth's Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader all
were stable at a 5.6, 2.2, 1.6 and 0.9, respectively.

Veteran off-net sitcoms were led by Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men which climbed 6% to a
new season high 5.6. Twentieth's Family
was steady at a 3.1. Disney-ABC's My
Wife and Kids
rose 8% to a new season high 2.8. CTD's Everybody Loves Raymond remained at a 2.7 for a second week and
fell to fourth place. Sony's Seinfeld accelerated
9% to a 2.5. Warner Bros.' George Lopez
slowed down 4% to a 2.3, tying NBCU's The
, which rebounded 10%. Twentieth's King of the Hill declined 5% to a 2.1. And Warner Bros.' Friends was flat at a 1.8.

Among the rookie off-net and off-cable strips, Twentieth's How I Met Your Mother, the top-rated newcomer,
remained unchanged at a 2.3. Debmar-Mercury's Meet the Browns climbed 8% to a new season high 1.4. Warner Bros.' New Adventures of Old Christine was flat
at a 1.3. Disney-ABC's Ugly Betty
rose 13% to a 0.9. Debmar-Mercury's E! True
Hollywood Story
rose 14% to a 0.8. Warner Bros.' Entourage was flat at a 0.7, while Warner Bros.' Curb Your Enthusiasm fell 14% to a 0.6.
NBCU's off-Bravo Real Housewives held
steady at a 0.5 in households, but showed strong improvement among key female demos.

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.