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Syndication Ratings: 'Maury' Returns to Top of Syndie Talk Pack as Summer Heat Takes Hold

NBCU's Maury, a
summer daytime TV favorite, took over as top talker in the week ending June 24,
when reruns ruled most days.

In the national ratings, Maury
improved 9% from the prior week to a 2.5, just nipping an all-repeat week of
CBS Television Distribution's Dr. Phil.
Phil did not air in several markets
due to the NBA finals and slipped 4% to a new season-low 2.4. Sony's Dr. Oz and Disney-ABC's Live! with Kelly also dropped to new
season lows, with Oz and Live! each eroding 8% to a 2.2.

Warner Bros.' Ellen fell 11% to a
1.7. CTD's The Doctors and Rachael Ray each held steady at a 1.5,
and 1.4, respectively. NBCU's Jerry
spiked 8% to a 1.4. NBCU's Steve
and Debmar-Mercury's Wendy
each were flat at a 1.3 and 1.1, respectively.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.' Bethenny --
in week three of a six-week test run -- won its time period in New York and Los
Angeles among women 18-34 and women 18-49, and now can be called Fox's most
successful talk-show test to date, outperforming even the test of
Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams,
which Fox tested in summer 2008 and then picked up for its entire station
group, sending it into national syndication.

The show, starring former Real Housewife
of New York
Bethenny Frankel, improved in households by 38% to a 1.1
rating/4 share in its six metered markets, and also grew 100% among women
25-54, 125% among women 18-49 and 200% among women 18-34 from its year-ago time
period averages.

Warner Bros.' Anderson -- starring
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who came out publicly this week -- advanced 8% from
the prior week to a 1.3 in households and 17% among women 25-54.

Debmar-Mercury's Jeremy Kyle was flat
at a 0.5, tying Entertainment Studio's We
the People
, which improved 25%.

In late night, CTD's Excused declined
14% to a 0.6.

CTD's Judge Judy was steady week to
week at a 6.2, continuing to lead all first-run syndicated strips. CTD's Judge Joe Brown added 4% to a 2.4.
Warner Bros.' People's Court climbed
5% to a 2.0. Twentieth's Judge Mathis
softened 7% to a 1.4. Twentieth's Judge
and Divorce Court each were
flat at a 1.3 and 1.2, respectively, while ES' America's Court added 11% to a 1.0.

NBCU's Access Hollywood improved 6%
from the prior week, making it the only magazine to show growth in households.
CTD's leader, Entertainment Tonight,
as well as CTD's Inside Edition and
Warner Bros.' TMZ all were unchanged
at a 3.3, 2.8 and 1.8, respectively. Warner Bros.' Extra and CTD's The Insider
both dipped 7% to a 1.4.

CTD's Wheel of Fortune wobbled to a
new season low for the second week in a row, dropping 2% to a 5.8. CTD's Jeopardy! was flat at a 5.1. Debmar-Mercury's
Family Feud added 3% to a 3.2. Disney-ABC's Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire
jumped 9% to a 2.5.

Warner Bros.' The Big Bang Theory was
flat for the week at a 6.3, still good enough to lead all of syndication.
Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men
dipped 2% to a 5.0. Twentieth's Family
gained 5% to a 4.0. Twentieth's How
I Met Your Mother
slid 7% to a 2.7. Twentieth's King of the Hill dropped 4% to a 2.4, tying CTD's Everybody Loves Raymond, which rose 14%.
Sony's Seinfeld slipped 4% to a 2.3.
Warner Bros.' Friends was flat at a