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Syndication Ratings: 'Live' Leads Talkers for Third Week in a Row

Disney-ABC’s Live With Kelly led the talkers for the third week in a row in the week ended June 19, even after news coverage of the June 12 terror attack in Orlando caused disruption among stations’ typical programming line-ups. 

Live, which welcomed several guest co-hosts during the week after the May departure of Michael Strahan, was steady for the week at a 2.7 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, and led all of talk among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54 with a 1.3. 

Meanwhile, CBS Television Distribution’s typical talk leader, Dr. Phil, dipped 4% to a 2.5 with a full week of repeats. 

Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres rebounded 16% to a 2.2 after falling to new season lows in the two prior weeks. NBCUniversal’s Steve Harvey stayed at a 1.7. NBCU’s Maury moved down 6% to a 1.5, tying Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams, which was unchanged. NBCU’s Steve Wilkos remained at a 1.3. 

CTD’s Rachael Ray receded 8% to a 1.2. That tied Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz, recently renewed for three more seasons on the Fox owned stations, which dropped 8% to match its all-time series low.

Related: Fox Renews 'Dr. Oz' Through 2018-19

NBCU’s Jerry Springer stayed pat at a 1.1. CTD’s The Doctors had talk’s second-biggest increase after Ellen, gaining 13% to a 0.9. Warner Bros.’ The Real and NBCU’s out-of-production Meredith Vieira both were flat at a 0.8 and 0.7, respectively. 

Warner Bros.’ Crime Watch Daily, the only freshman that will return in the fall, went into repeats for the entire week and dropped 11% to a 0.8. Disney-ABC’s FABLife and NBCU’s Crazy Talk were steady at a 0.7 and 0.4, respectively.

In the metered markets, three weeks into its four-week test on four Fox stations that began June 6, The Jason Show averaged a 0.5 rating/2 share. That was down 29% from its average lead-in and down 38% from its year-ago time period average. 

Related: Fox Stations to Test 'The Jason Show' in Three Additional Markets

Top 30 also debuted in a four-week tryout that began on June 6 and is airing on select Fox, Media General and Sinclair stations. After three weeks, Top 30 also was averaging a 0.5/2, down 38% from its lead-in and down 29% from its year-ago time period average.

Back in the national ratings, CTD’s Judge Judy was in repeats for most of the week and eased 12% to a 5.9, although managed to remain 4% ahead of last year at this time. 

CTD’s Hot Bench offered only encore telecasts all week, but still rose 4% to a 2.4. Bench also showed the most annual improvement of any syndicated strip, growing 20% from last year and remaining the fourth-ranked strip in daytime between only Judy, Live and Phil for the seventh consecutive week.

Warner Bros.’ People’s Court added 6% to a 1.8. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis and Twentieth’s Divorce Court were unchanged at a 1.3 and 1.1, respectively. Trifecta’s Judge Faith recovered 14% to a 0.8. Compared to last year at this time, every court show was up except DivorceCourt, which fell 15%.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud led the games for the eighth consecutive week, and continued to lead all of syndication among households even though it fell 3% to a 6.6. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune found the road somewhat rougher, fading 5% to a new season-low 5.5. CTD’s Jeopardy! weakened 2% to a 5.4. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire both were flat at a 1.3 and 1.2, respectively. 

Year to year, Feud also led, advancing 12%, while Millionaire shed 25%, the most of any game.

MGM’s viral video show, RightThisMinute slowed down 9% to a 1.0, down 29% from last year at this time.

CTD’s Entertainment Tonight held steady for week at a 2.9 to lead the genre, down 3% from last year. CTD’s Inside Edition remained at a 2.7 for a third straight week, tumbling 10% year to year. Warner Bros.’ TMZ, which was just renewed by the Fox owned stations in a multi-year deal, dropped for the fourth week in a row, losing 7% to an almost five-year low 1.4, down 13% from last year at this time. 

Related: 'TMZ' Gets Three More Seasons on Fox O&Os

NBCU’s Access Hollywood retreated 7% to a new season-low 1.3 and was down 19% for the year. Warner Bros.’ Extra was the only magazine to resist the downtrend, holding steady for both the week and the year at a 1.3 and tying Access Hollywood for the first time since the week ending Dec. 28, 2014. CTD’s The Insider yielded 9% to a 1.0 and was off 23% from last year. 

Twentieth’s Dish Nation remained at its season low 0.8 and sagged 20% for the year, while Trifecta’s Celebrity Page, which replaced OK! TV in March, stayed at a 0.3 for the 12th consecutive week.

Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory faltered 4% to a new season-low 4.7, the off-net sitcom’s second new season low in a row. Twentieth’s Modern Family fell 7% to a new series low for the second week in a row, landing at a 2.6. Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, Twentieth’s FamilyGuy and Warner Bros.’ 2 Broke Girls all stood pat at a 2.4, 2.1 and 1.9, respectively. Twentieth’s Mike & Molly managed a 6% increase to a 1.9, tying 2 Broke Girls. SPT’s Seinfeld stayed at a 1.7. Twentieth’s The Cleveland Show slipped 6% to a 1.6. Twentieth’s How I Met Your Mother moved down 6% to a 1.5. Twentieth’s King of the Hill was flat at a 1.4.

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.