Jeopardy! with Greatest of All Time player and consulting producer Ken Jennings as guest host led the games and all of syndication for the second week in a row, even though the show dipped 5% from the prior week to a 5.9 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.
CBS Media Ventures’ Wheel of Fortune, which is paired with CMV sister show Jeopardy! in top markets, slowed 2% to a 5.7, while Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which had led or tied for the game lead in 17 of the 20 weeks prior to the airing of Alex Trebek’s final episodes, forged ahead 4% to a six-week high 5.6 for third place overall.
Fox’s sophomore game 25 Words or Less, starring and executive produced by Meredith Vieira, lost 13% to drop to a new series-low 0.7. Entertainment Studios’ Funny You Should Ask was unchanged at a 0.4 for the sixth time in seven weeks.
Disney’s internet video show RightThisMinute moved down 14% to tie its series-low 0.6.
CMV’s Inside Edition improved 4% to a 2.5 to lead the magazines, while sibling magazine Entertainment Tonight gained 5% to a 2.3. NBCU’s Access Hollywood was steady at a 1.0. Warner Bros.’ TMZ rose 13% to a 0.9. Warner Bros.’ Extra at its season high, CMV’s DailyMailTV and Fox’s Dish Nation all held at a 0.7, 0.6 and 0.3, respectively.
Preemptions were again a problem for some shows in daytime, with all network affiliates blowing out programming for coverage of President Joseph R. Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 and his pre-inauguration remarks on Jan. 19. Fox also aired college basketball on Jan. 18, which is a federal holiday honoring Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Disney’s Live with Kelly and Ryan rose 6% to a 1.9 to regain sole possession of first place among talkers. Live now has been first or tied for first in 16 of the past 20 weeks. Among daytime’s key demographic of 25-54, Live also led with a 0.8.
CMV’s Dr. Phil, which per usual did not have any of the heavily preempted days broken out of its weekly ratings average, slipped 6% to a 1.7.
Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres, benefiting from both breakouts and fresh episodes, rebounded 10% to a 1.1.
NBCUniversal’s Maury and Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams were both unchanged at a 1.0 and 0.9, respectively.
NBCU’s sophomore talker Kelly Clarkson gave back 10% to a 0.9, tying Wendy Williams. Disney’s Tamron Hall held in households at a 0.8, tying CMV’s Rachael Ray, which retreated 11% to match its series low, and NBCU’s Steve Wilkos, which was steady.
Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz was stable at a 0.7 for the ninth time in 11 weeks.
Warner Bros.’ The Real, CMV’s The Doctors and NBCU’s out-of-production Jerry Springer all were in line with their previous week’s 0.4 0.2 and 0.2, respectively. The Doctors stayed at its series low for a sixth straight week, while Springer did so for a 20th straight week.
CMV’s rookie talker Drew Barrymore remained at a 0.5 for the fourth straight week.
CMV’s Judge Judy led the courts with a 5.1, down 6% from the prior week. CMV’s Hot Bench stood pat at a 1.6 for the fifth straight week. Warner Bros.’ People’s Court climbed 11% to a 1.0, while Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis and NBCU’s sophomore court Judge Jerry were both flat at a 0.7. Fox’s Divorce Court stayed at a 0.6 for the eighth time in nine weeks. Trifecta’s Protection Court rebounded 50% to a 0.3 from a 0.2.
Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory elevated 8% to lead the off-network sitcoms with a 16-week high 2.8. Disney’s Last Man Standing stepped up 5% to a 2.0, matching its season high. Disney’s Modern Family remained at a 1.2 for the seventh time in nine weeks.
Warner Bros.’ Two and Half Men moved up 10% to a 1.1. SPT’s The Goldbergs remained at a 1.0 for the fourth straight week. Disney’s Family Guy gave away 10% to a 0.9, tying SPT’s steady Seinfeld. Warner Bros.’ Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls both stayed put at a 0.8. Disney’s Black-ish barreled ahead 17% to a 0.7, tying Warner Bros.’ Mom, which was on par with its series low for the 13th time in 14 weeks.
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