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Syndication Ratings: 'Live' Rises on Strahan's Exit

Michael Strahan’s final day on Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael drove the show’s ratings up 30% on Friday, May 13, and up 6% for the week and 18% for the year, the largest annual increase of any talk show.

In the week ending May 15, Live scored a 3.3 live plus same day household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research. On May 13, the show hit a 3.9.

Related: Syndication Ratings: 'Live' Drops Back to Earth in Michael Strahan's Penultimate Week 

That still wasn’t good enough to beat CBS Television Distribution’s typical talk leader, Dr. Phil, which climbed 6% to a 12-week high 3.4. Phil also led among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, climbing 7% to a 1.6.

Outside of the top two talkers, everything else in the genre was flat to down.

Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGenereswas unchanged at a 2.4. NBCUniversal’s Steve Harvey slipped 5% to a 1.8. Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams dropped 6% to a 1.6 and landed in a tie with NBCU’s Maury, which was flat. CTD’s Rachael Ray retreated 7% to a 1.4, tying SPT’s Dr. Oz, which held steady. NBCU’s Steve Wilkos dropped 7% to a 1.3. NBCU’s Jerry Springer stayed at a 1.2. CTD’s The Doctors and Warner Bros.’ The Real, from which original co-host Tamar Braxton is departing, both declined 10% to a 0.9. NBCUniversal’s soon-to-end Meredith Vieira was flat at a 0.8.

Warner Bros.’ Crime Watch Daily, the only rookie that will survive into season two, was steady at a 0.9. Disney-ABC’s FABLife and NBCU’s Crazy Talk both remained at a 0.7 and 0.5, respectively. Among women 25-54, Crime Watch also led the rookies, strengthening 20% to a 0.6, while FABLife and Crazy Talk were unchanged at a 0.4 and 0.3, respectively.

CTD’s court leader Judge Judy added 1% for the week and 7% from last year to a 7.2, to lead all of syndication with its highest rating since the week of March 7. 

In second place among the court shows, CTD’s Hot Bench held steady at a 2.5 and was the fourth highest-rated strip in daytime after Judy, Phil and Live for the eighth time in the past nine weeks. Hot Bench added 19% from last year.

Warner Bros.’ People’s Court slid 6% to a 1.7. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis was flat at a 1.4. Twentieth’s Divorce Court bounced back 9% to a 1.2 after declining to a new season low in the prior session. Compared to the same week last year, Divorce Court is down 25%, the most of any show in daytime. Trifecta’s Judge Faith stayed at a 0.8.

Gains were limited in access. Survey said Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud was the big winner for the third week in a row, holding firm at a 7.0 while growing 19% from last year at this time to lead the games and come in second in overall syndication. 

In second place, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune was flat at a 6.3 and down 6% year to year. CTD’s Jeopardy! inched up 2% to a 6.0, but was off 8% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was unchanged for both the week and the year at a 1.4. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which is moving production to Las Vegas,remained at a 1.3 for the tenth straight week and fell 19% compared to last year at this time.

MGM’s viral video show RightThisMinute was unchanged at a 1.1, but down 20% from last year.

CTD’s magazine leader Entertainment Tonight held steady for the week and year at a 3.1. CTD’s Inside Edition uptick 3% to a 3.0, but dropped 3% from last year. Warner Bros.’ TMZ was unchanged at a 1.8, down 5% from last year. NBCU’s Access Hollywood, Warner Bros.’ Extra and CTD’s The Insider all were stable compared to the prior week and the prior year at a 1.6, 1.4 and 1.2, respectively.

Twentieth’s Dish Nation declined 10% to a 0.9, down 18% from last year, while Trifecta’s Celebrity Page remained at a 0.3 for the seventh week in a row.

Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory recovered 8% from its season low in the prior week to a 5.6. Twentieth’s Modern Family was flat at a 3.0 for the fourth consecutive week. Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men moved up 4% to a 2.7. Warner Bros.’ Mike & Molly and Twentieth’s Family Guy both added 5% to a 2.0. Warner Bros.’ 2 Broke Girls gave back 5% to a 1.9. SPT’s Seinfeld stayed at a 1.8 for the fifth week in a row. Twentieth’s The Cleveland Show was unchanged at a 1.6, tying Twentieth’s How I Met Your Mother, which was up 7%. Twentieth’s King of the Hill was flat at a 1.3. 

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.