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Syndication Ratings: 'Family Feud' Falls But Stays on Top

Steve Harvey hosts Debmar-Mercury's game show 'Family Feud'
'Family Feud' remained the syndication leader in the week ended May 23. (Image credit: Fremantle/'Family Feud' )

Family Feud remained the syndication leader in the week ended May 23, even though the show, like many others as the weather warmed, slipped slightly, losing 2% to a 5.5 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, starring Steve Harvey, led the games for a fifth straight week and all of syndication for a second. 

CBS Media Ventures’ Jeopardy!, with former Tournament of Champions winner Buzzy Cohen at the podium for the first of the two-week annual tourney, sagged 2% to a 5.1. CMV’s Wheel of Fortune remained at a 5.0 for the third straight week.

Fox’s 25 Words or Less lost 11% to a 0.8, while Entertainment Studios’ Funny You Should Ask declined 20% to a 0.4.

Disney’s internet video show RightThisMinute maintained a series-low 0.6 for the ninth consecutive week.

CMV’s Inside Edition faltered 5% to a 2.1. Sister show Entertainment Tonight ebbed 9% to a 2.0. NBCU’s Access Hollywood, which had hit an eight-week high in the prior week, gave back 10% to a 0.9. Warner Bros.’ TMZ remained at a 0.8 for the 13th straight week. Warner Bros.’ Extra eased 14% to a 0.6, tying CMV’s DailyMailTV, which held steady for the 11th straight week. Fox’s Dish Nation held steady at a 0.3 for a 38th consecutive week.

Disney’s Live with Kelly and Ryan returned to the talk lead, despite dipping 6% to a 1.7. Live also led among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54 with a 0.7.

CMV’s Dr. Phil fell back 11% to a second-place 1.6 after tying Live for the lead in the prior week and taking the solo talk lead in the week before that.

NBCU’s Maury moved up 11% to a 1.0 after seven weeks at its series-low 0.9. NBCU’s sophomore Kelly Clarkson -- which just picked up six Daytime Emmy nominations, the most of any syndicated show -- strengthened 13% to a 0.9, tying Debmar Mercury’s Wendy Williams and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres, both of which weakened 10%.

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Disney’s sophomore Tamron Hall held steady at a 0.8 and rose 33% among women 25-54 to a 0.4, tying Kelly Clarkson and Ellen in the demo and coming in behind Dr. Phil at a 0.6 and Wendy and Maury at a 0.5.

CMV’s Rachael Ray registered a series-low 0.7 for an eighth consecutive week, tying NBCU’s Steve Wilkos, which rebounded 17% from a series low set in the prior week. Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz held at a 0.6 for a sixth straight week. CMV’s renewed rookie Drew Barrymore mustered a 0.5 for an eighth consecutive week. 

Warner Bros.’ The Real retreated 25% to a 0.3, matching its series low. CMV’s The Doctors stayed at a series-low 0.2 for the 13th straight week, tying NBCU’s out-of-production syndicated run of Jerry Springer, which held at its series low for the 37th week in a row.

CMV’s court leader Judge Judy, which has ended production and will start airing in repeats next season, dipped 2% to a 5.2, finishing second among all syndicated shows.

CMV’s Hot Bench relinquished 6% to a 1.5. Warner Bros.’ People’s Court stayed at a series-low 0.8 for the fourth time in five weeks. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis lost 14% to a 0.6, equalling its series low and tying NBCU’s sophomore Judge Jerry, which was unchanged, and Fox’s Divorce Court, which climbed 20%. Repeats of Trifecta’s Protection Court produced a 0.2 for the 11th time in 12 weeks.

Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory led the off-network sitcoms at a 2.4 for the seventh time in eight weeks. Disney’s Last Man Standing stood pat at a 1.7. Disney’s Modern Family forged ahead 11% to a 1.0, tying Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which stayed at a 1.0 for the 13th straight week. SPT’s The Goldbergs garnered a 0.9 for the tenth consecutive week, tying Disney’s Family Guy, which was steady. Warner Bros.’ Two Broke Girls grew 14% to a 0.8, tying SPT’s Seinfeld, which held steady for a fourth session. Disney’s Black-ish and Warner Bros.’ Mom both moved up 17% to a 0.7, tying Warner Bros.’ Mike & Molly, which plateaued for the 12th week in a row.