Syndication Ratings: Daytime Talkers See Mid-Sweeps Gains

Most daytime shows were hot in
the mid-sweep week ending May 16, with several talk shows -- The
Oprah Winfrey Show
conspicuously not among them -- showing gains. 

Among talkers moving up before, CBS
Television Distribution's (CTD) Dr. Phil rose for the fourth
week, gaining 7% to 2.9, his highest rating since the first week of
March.  Warner Bros.' Ellen DeGeneres advanced 9% to 2.4. 
NBC Universal's Maury climbed 10% to 2.2.  CTD's Rachael Ray
14% in households to 1.6 and cooked up a 29% increase among women
NBCU's Steve Wilkos spiked 15% to a new season-high 1.5.  NBCU's Jerry
added 8% to 1.4. 

CTD's Oprah
was the only show in the genre to decline, slipping 2% to 4.5. 
Disney/ABC's Live With Regis & Kelly and CTD's The Doctors
held steady at 2.5 and 1.7, respectively.  Far back in the pack, Warner
Bros.' Bonnie Hunt and NBCU's Martha Stewart were flat at
0.8 and
0.5, respectively.

Court shows were on fire with CTD's Judge Judy jumping 7% to 4.7,
biggest number in 10 weeks, beating Oprah for the eighth time in
the past
nine weeks.  Judy has now been the top-rated show in daytime 20
times in the past 25 weeks and is running 18% ahead of last year's
delivery.  Oprah is down 15%. 

CTD's Judge Joe Brown surged 16% to 2.2, its best showing in five
and took second place among the gavelers.  Warner Bros. People's

hopped up 11% to 2.1.  Warner Bros.' Judge Mathis added 6% to
1.7.  Twentieth's Judge Alex was up 7% to 1.5.  Twentieth's Divorce
settled for an 8% increase to 1.4.  Warner Bros.' Judge
Jeannine Pirro
tacked on 10% to 1.1.

The top rookie, NBCU's The Office, grew 4% to 2.9 and saw its women
demo swell 13% to 2.6; it ranked second among all syndicated shows to
animated Family Guy (Twentieth), which logged a first-place 2.8
in the
demo.  In first-run, Sony's Dr. Oz recovered 9% from the previous
week's season low to a 2.5.  On the other hand, Twentieth's Are You
Smarter Than a Fifth Grader
was marked down to a new series low 1.3,
losing 13%.  That put it in a tie with Debmar-Mercury's Wendy
which was flat at a 1.3, while Litton's Street Court trailed with
unchanged 0.6.

Among game shows, Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud ratcheted up 7% to
a new
season-high 1.6.  Leader CTD's Wheel of Fortune accelerated 5% to
6.5.  CTD's Jeopardy! tacked on 4% to 5.6.  Disney/ABC's Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire
was flat at 2.2. 

CTD's Entertainment Tonight topped the magazines with a 4.0,
dipping 2%
from the prior session.  CTD's  Inside Edition rebounded 11%
from its season low the week before to a 3.1.  Warner Bros.' TMZ,
NBCU's Access Hollywood and The Insider were all even with
week before at 2.0, 1.9 and 1.7, respectively.  While Warner Bros.' Extra
was up 6% to 1.7. 

Off-net sitcoms were mostly higher.  Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men
was the top laugher with a 7% pick up to 4.8.  Twentieth's  Family
rose 10% to 3.4.  CTD's Everybody Loves Raymond gained 3%
to 3.1.  Sony's Seinfeld snared an 8% hike to 2.8.  Warner
Bros.' George Lopez was up 4% to 2.7.  Twentieth's King of the
remained at last week's 2.4.  Warner Bros.' Friends
upticked 5% to 2.1.