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Syndication Ratings: 'Judge Judy' Closes Out 10th Season Win in 10 Years

As syndication prepares to wrap the 2018-19 season, CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy snagged the first-run win for the tenth time in 10 years.

Judy led all of syndication with a 6.8 season-to-date household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research. CTD’s Jeopardy!, which got a huge boost from the 32-game run of super-contestant James Holzhauer, came in second with a 6.2 season-to-date household average, followed closely by Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud at a 6.1.

The TV season officially ends Aug. 25 and most new syndicated shows are queued up to premiere Monday, Sept. 9. 

In the slow late-summer session ending Aug. 18, Judy led the court shows with a 2% advance to a four-week high 5.9.

CTD’s Hot Bench was in repeats on three of the five days but still grew 5% to a 2.0 and tied an all-repeat week of CTD’s Dr. Phil to be daytime’s second-highest rated syndicated series.

For the season, Hot Bench was daytime’s third-highest ranked daytime series after only July and Phil.

As for the other courts, Warner Bros.’ People’s Court and Judge Mathis both were flat at a 1.3 and 0.9, respectively. Twentieth’s Divorce Court climbed 17% to a 0.7. Debmar-Mercury’s rookie Caught in Providence posted a 0.5 for the ninth straight week.

Dr. Phil led the talkers in the full-season race for the eighth year in a row, including one tie in 2015-16, with a 2.7 season to date household average, followed by Disney’s Live with Kelly and Ryan at a 2.2 and Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres at a 2.0.

Phil also finished first for the 154th straight week with five ties, holding steady at a 2.0 with five days of repeats. Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, Phil and Live tied for first at a 0.8.

In households, Live came in second to Phil for the 25th consecutive week at a steady 1.9. Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres recovered 8% to come in third for the week at a 1.4.

NBCU’s Maury and Steve Wilkos each were unchanged at a 1.2 and 1.0, respectively. CTD’s Rachael Ray rallied 11% to a 1.0, tying Wilkos.

The national rating of Debmar-Mercury’s WendyWilliams was a blended number including the first week of the three week trial of Jerry O, which is airing on the Fox-owned stations in Wendy time periods.

The combined Wendy encores and Jerry O originals posted a 0.9, which was even with the prior week.

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NBCU’s Steve, the run of which is nearly complete, stayed at a 0.9, tying the Wendy/Jerry O combo and Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz, which recovered 13%.

CTD’s Face the Truth, which will not see a second season, stayed at a 0.6 for the third straight week. Warner Bros.’ The Real retreated 20% to a 0.4, equalling its series low and tying CTD’s The Doctors, which stabilized at its series-low 0.4 for a third consecutive week, and NBCU’s syndicated run of the out-of-production Jerry Springer, which held steady. Disney’s E.W. Scripps-produced Pickler & Ben, which also is almost finished, held at a 0.3 for the sixth straight week.

In access, some shows were penalized by preemptions for pre-season NFL football on Aug. 15. CTD’s Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros.’ TMZ all were unchanged at a 2.5, 2.3 and 1.1, respectively. NBCU’s Access, which was the only magazine to improve in the prior week, fell back 9% to a 1.0.

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Warner Bros.’ Extra, which is soon to relaunch as Extra Extra, hung tough at a 0.9, tying CTD’s DailyMailTV, which strengthened 13%. Twentieth’s soon-to-end Page Six TV uncovered a 0.5 for the tenth straight week. Trifecta’s Celebrity Page turned in a 0.2 for the seventh consecutive week.

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Family Feud inched up 2% to a 5.8 to lead the games for the 10th straight week. Wheel of Fortune was flat at a 4.9. Jeopardy! dipped 2% to a 4.7. Disney’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, which is about to leave the table, broke even at a 1.4. Entertainment Studios’ Funny You Should Ask responded with a 0.5 for the 23rd week in a row.

The sixth and final week of the six-week test for comedy game show Punchline, which began July 15, bowed out with a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average on select Fox stations. That was down 40% from both its lead-ins and August 2018 time periods. Among women 25-54, the show earned a 0.2/1, off 33% from both its lead-ins and year-ago time periods.

Back in the national ratings, Disney’s viral video show RightThisMinute clocked a steady 1.2.

True crime was little changed. NBCU’s off-net Dateline leveled off at a 1.2 for a fourth straight week. SPT’s off-A&E Live PD Police Patrol backtracked 9% to a 1.0. Off-Investigation Discovery’s True Crime Files was flat at a 0.3.

NBCU’s scripted police procedural Chicago PD stayed at a 0.8 for the fifth straight week.

Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory, Twentieth’s Last Man Standing and Twentieth’s ModernFamily all remained at a 3.7, 2.1 and 1.6, respectively, to lead the off-network sitcoms. Twentieth’s Family Guy gained 17% to a 1.4. Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men and SPT’s TheGoldbergs and Seinfeld all were steady at a 1.3, 1.2 and 1.0, respectively. Disney’s newcomer Black-ish and Warner Bros.’ Mike & Molly each moved up 11% to a 1.0, tying Seinfeld. Warner Bros.’ 2 Broke Girls grew 13% to a 0.9. 

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.