Syndication Ratings: ‘Jeopardy!’ Jumps Back Into Syndication Lead

'Jeopardy!' will keep hosts Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings through season.
'Jeopardy!' will keep hosts Mayim Bialik, Ken Jennings through season. (Image credit: Sony Pictures Television)

Jeopardy! regained the game and syndication lead in the week ended December 5 after falling to a season low in the little-watched Thanksgiving week. That upward trend was repeated across shows that air in prime access time-slots, even though there were preemptions for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football on Fox December 2 and the PAC-12 National Championship college football game on ABC December 3.

CBS Media VenturesJeopardy! rebounded 30% to a 5.7 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. In second place in both overall syndication and the games, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was fueled 8% to a 5.3. Right on Feud’s heels, CBS’ Wheel of Fortune, which, like Jeopardy!, is produced by Sony Pictures Television, accelerated 18% to a 5.2. 

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Fox’s 25 Words or Less stayed at a 0.7 for a third straight week, tying Fox’s rookie You Bet Your Life, hosted by Jay Leno, which stayed put for a tenth straight week. Entertainment Studios’ Funny You Should Ask answered with a 0.4 for the sixth consecutive week. 

Disney’s internet video show RightThis Minute marshaled a 20% improvement to a 0.6.

The top six magazines all moved up. CBS’ Inside Edition upticked 5% to a 2.2. CBS’ Entertainment Tonight surged 25% to a 2.0. NBCUniversal’s Access Hollywood spiked 14% to match its season-high 0.8, despite being broken out due to NBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special on December 1, featuring Kelly Clarkson.

Fox’s TMZ ticked up 17% to a 0.7. Warner Bros.’ Extra jumped 20% to a 0.6, tying its season high although its primary run was preempted in the top-five markets by Thursday Night Football.

CBS’ DailyMailTV rose 25% to a 0.5. Fox’s Dish Nation netted an unchanged 0.2. 

CBS’ Dr. Phil added 20% to a 1.8 to retake the talk lead for the fourth time in the past five weeks. Disney’s Live with Kelly and Ryan snared second place, advancing 6% to a 1.7. 

Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, Live led with a 0.7 followed by Phil at a 0.6. NBCU’s Kelly Clarkson and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres tied for third in the key demo at a 0.4.

Ellen, in its 19th and final season, held its ground at a 1.0 to match its season high. Over the past four months, Ellen has had the most improved ratings of any talk show, growing 150% since dropping to a four-way tie for eighth in the Summer Olympics to third place in talk overall. 

Kelly Clarkson also held at its season-high 0.9.

NBCU’s conflict talker Maury, which will end production after this season and head into repeats on TV stations, moved up to fifth place with a 14% gain to a 0.8. 

Disney’s Tamron Hall, CBS’ Rachael Ray and Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams, which was guest-hosted by Leah Remini and Michelle Visage, all stayed at a 0.7.

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Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz, which will end its 13-season syndicated run on Friday, January 14, was stable at a 0.6. Dr. Oz was broken out of Nielsen’s national ratings on December 2 and 3 after the show was pulled in Pennsylvania and New York City starting Wednesday, Dec. 1 as a result of host Dr. Mehmet Oz’s U.S. Senate run in Pennsylvania. The show fell 43% from a 0.7 individual day rating on Monday, Nov. 29 to a 0.4 on Wednesday, December 1. Dr. Oz also is down 14% compared to the same week last year.

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NBCU’s Steve Wilkos stayed at a 0.6 for a sixth straight week, tying Dr. Oz.

CBS’ Drew Barrymore stayed put at a 0.5 and was the only talker in the top 12 to hold 100% of its household rating from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s newcomer Nick Cannon claimed a 0.4 for the fourth straight week. 

NBCU’s out-of-production Jerry Springer sat at a 0.3 for the 11th consecutive week, tying Warner Bros.’ The Real, which registered a 0.3 for the 11th time in 12 weeks this season.

CBS’ The Doctors operated at a 0.2 for the 39th straight week. 

CBS’ Judge Judy dipped 2% to a 4.7 to lead the courts and rank as syndication’s fourth-highest rated show despite no longer being in original production. CBS’ Hot Bench backtracked 7% to a new season-low 1.4. Warner Bros.’ People’s Court and Judge Mathis each maintained a 0.8 and 0.6, respectively. Fox’s Divorce Court climbed 25% to a 0.5. NBCU’s Judge Jerry held at a series-low 0.4 for the eleventh straight week, tying Wrigley’s newbie Relative Justice, which jumped 33% after four weeks at a 0.3.

Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory exploded 17% to a 2.1 to lead the off-network sitcoms. Disney’s Last Man Standing sprinted 8% to a 1.4. Disney’s Modern Family forged ahead 13% to a 0.9, tying Warner Bros.’ rookie Young Sheldon, which strengthened 29%. Sony’s The Goldbergs gained 14% to a 0.8, tying Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which also moved up 14%. Disney’s Family Guy garnered a 0.7 for a fifth consecutive week. SPT’s Seinfeld slipped 14% to a new series low 0.6, tying Disney’s Black-ish and Warner Bros.’ 2 Broke Girls, both of which grew 20%.

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.