Syndication Ratings: Most Syndies Flat in Slow Week

Television Distribution's Swift Justice with Nancy Grace continued
as syndication's top rookie first-run strip in the week ending Oct. 10,
remaining flat at a 1.4 live plus same day national household rating, according
to Nielsen.

Oprah spin-off, Nate Berkus, sank 10% from the previous week to a

On its
launch group, the NBC-owned stations, Nate is even with year-ago time
periods, according to Sony. On WNBC New York at 3 p.m., Nate is turning
in a 0.9, which is up 29% over September and up 29% over its lead-in, NBC
Universal's Real Housewives. On KNBC Los Angeles at 2 p.m., the
show is improving its time slot by 60% versus NBCU's Martha Stewart.
And on WCAU Philadelphia at 2 p.m., Nate is up 9% from the prior week
and up 71% from Martha, which aired in the time slot last year.

In third
place, Twentieth's Don't Forget the Lyrics was unchanged at
a 0.8.

relaunched Judge Karen's Court debuted this week on the national
chart at a 0.7. Enteratinment Studios' America's Court with
Judge Ross
dropped 25% to 0.3.

the new off-net and off-cable shows, Twentieth's How I Met Your Mother
climbed 5% to a 2.3, and continued to lead all syndicated rookies. Since its
debut week, Mother has grown21% among adults 18-34 and 23% among
adults 18-49, reports Twentieth.

Bros.' The New Adventures of Old Christine earned a 1.3, after
being reprocessed the prior week. Debmar-Mercury's Meet the Browns
fell 15% to a 1.1. Debmar-Mercury's E! True Hollywood Story lost
10% to a 0.9. Disney-ABC's Ugly Betty skidded 22% to a 0.7,
landing in a three-way tie with Warner Bros.' Entourage and Curb
Your Enthusiasm
, both of which were flat. NBCU's Real Housewives
also remained flat at a 0.5.

Among the veteran talkers,
CTD's Oprah inched up 2% in the fourth week of her final season,
improving to a 4.6 for the week, but off 10% from last year at this time. Oprah
inched by CTD's Judge Judy, which scored a 4.3, to take the top
spot in the daytime standings for the fourth time in the past 30 weeks.

Live with Regis and Kelly improved 4% from the prior week to a 2.4, and
reclaimed second place. CTD's Dr. Phil slipped 4% to a 2.3, tying
Sony's unchanged Dr. Oz for third place. NBC Universal's Maury
and Warner Bros.' Ellen DeGeneres each dropped 5% to a 1.9 and
remained in lockstep. CTD's The Doctors and Rachael Ray,
NBCU's Steve Wilkos and Jerry Springer and
Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams all were even for the week at a
1.6, 1.5, 1.3, 1.3, and 1.1, respectively.

Judge Judy led the court shows with a 4.3, down 4% from the prior week
but up 5% from last year. CTD's Judge Joe Brown and Warner
Bros.' People's Court tied for second place at a 2.0, with Joe
losing 5% and People's Court gaining 5%. Warner
Bros.' Judge Mathis fell 6% to a 1.6. Twentieth's Judge
and Divorce Court each were flat at a 1.4 and 1.3,
respectively. Warner Bros.' Judge Jeanine Pirro trailed the pack
at a 0.9, sliding 10%.

Entertainment Tonight remained atop the magazines with an unchanged 3.9.
CTD's Inside Edition eased 3% to a 2.9. Warner Bros.' TMZ
fell 5% to a 1.9. CTD's The Insider and NBCU's Access
held firm and remained tied for a second week at a 1.8. Warner
Bros.' Extra was off 6% to a 1.6, although Extra Weekend
grew 20% from last year to a 1.2 and held steady with the prior week.

game shows, CTD's Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! each crept
up 2% from the prior session to a 6.5 and 5.5 respectively. Disney-ABC's Who
Wants to be a Millionaire
and Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud were
flat at a 2.2 and 1.5, respectively. Twentieth's Are you Smarter than
a Fifth Grader
climbed 11% to a 1.0.

Bros.' Two and a Half Men led the veteran off-net sitcoms, fading
4% from the prior week to a 5.2. Twentieth's Family Guy improved
3% to a 3.0. CTD's Everybody Loves Raymond was flat at a 2.7,
tying NBCU's The Office, which gained 4%. Disney-ABC's My
Wife and Kids
fell 4% to a 2.6. Sony's Seinfeld lost 8% to a
2.3, tying Warner Bros.' George Lopez, which was flat.
Twentieth's King of the Hill increased 5% to a 2.2.

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.