Syndication Ratings: 'Live' Takes Sole Possession of Talk Lead

Being live continues to pay off for Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael, which took the talk lead in the week ended Aug. 2.

Live grew 4% for the week to a 2.6 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, Live led the category with a 7% gain to a 1.4.

Meanwhile, CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil dipped 4% to a second-place 2.4 household average with five days of reruns. NBCUniversal’s Maury was the third-highest rated talker for the fourth straight week with a steady 1.9. In fourth place, Warner Bros.’ Ellen sank 6% to a new season-low 1.7.

NBCU’s Steve Harvey stayed at a 1.5 and advanced 7% from the same week one year ago, which was the biggest year to year improvement among the top five. Harvey also gained 14% among women 25-54 to a 0.8.

NBCU’s Steve Wilkos and Jerry Springer each slipped 7% to a 1.3, tying Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz, which was flat. Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams fell 14% to a new season low 1.2, with a week of previously aired episodes, and tied CTD’s Rachael Ray, which was steady. CTD’s The Doctors gave back 10% to a 0.9, tying NBCU’s Meredith Vieira, which was flat. Warner Bros.’ The Real eroded 11% to a new season-low 0.8.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ three-week test of Ice and Coco, which launched Monday, Aug. 3, clocked a 1.1 rating/3 share in week one on Fox owned stations in eight metered markets. This was 57% higher than the 0.7/2 that Fox Television Stations’ Boris and Nicole averaged over its four-week trial run. Ice and Coco gained 22% from its 0.9/3 lead-in and 57% from its 0.7/2 August 2014 time-period average.

Among women 25-54, Ice and Coco outperformed Boris and Nicole by 50%, averaging a 0.9/6 in the key demo, up 28% from its 0.7/5 lead-in and up 80% from last year’s 0.5/4 in the time period.

CTD’s Judge Judy remained at the top of the syndication chart for the sixth consecutive week, leading the courts by a wide margin. Despite being in reruns, Judy grew 3% to a 6.8, that show’s highest rating since the week of April 27.

CTD’s Hot Bench, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, was steady in second place at a 1.9 with a week of all repeats. Warner Bros.’ People’s Court was next in line with a 6% gain to a 1.7. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis added 8% to a 1.4 and beat Twentieth’s Divorce Court for the first time this season. Divorce Court, MGM's Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court and Trifecta’s Judge Faith all were flat at a 1.3, 1.1 and 0.7, respectively.

In access, CTD’s Jeopardy! was the answer to the question of which game show has been number one for the past two weeks. The Alex Trebek-hosted quiz show was unchanged at a 6.1. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which was the top-rated game show in six of the past eight weeks dipped 2% to a 5.9, tying CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, which inched up 2%.

Far back, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire saw its ratings appreciate 6% to a 1.7, while Debmar-Mercury’s rookie Celebrity Name Game was off 7% to a 1.3.

MGM’s viral video show RightThisMinute added 8% for the week to a 1.3.

The top-tier magazines were all steady to higher, due in part to their coverage of the brutal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

CTD’s Entertainment Tonight topped the category, climbing 3% to a 3.0. CTD’s Inside Edition rose 4% to a 2.9. Warner Bros.’ TMZ was flat at a 1.7. NBCU’s Access Hollywood spiked 7% to a 1.6 and surged 23% from last year, the category’s biggest year-to-year improvement. Warner Bros.’ Extra and CTD’s The Insider both held steady at a 1.2.

Twentieth’s Dish Nation was unchanged at a 1.0, while Trifecta’s OK! TV remained at a 0.2 for the seventh consecutive week.

Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory gained 2% to a 5.1 to remain the off-net sitcom leader. Twentieth’s Modern Family gained 3% to a 3.1. Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men moved up 4% to a 2.8. Twentieth’s Family Guy grew 9% to a 2.5. Warner Bros.’ newcomer Mike & Molly remained at a 2.1. Twentieth’s How I Met Your Mother fell 5% to a 1.8, tying SPT’s Seinfeld, which stood pat at a 1.8. Warner Bros.’ The Middle sagged 6% to a 1.7, tying Twentieth’s The Cleveland Show, which held steady at a 1.7, while Twentieth’s King of the Hill climbed 7% to a 1.5.

Paige Albiniak

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.