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Syndication Ratings: ‘Office' Keeps Working Through Spring Lows

Most syndication shows were flat or down slightly in the
week ending April 18, as mid-spring PUT levels dropped by an average of more
then 3.5 million viewers from the week prior. 
Rookie champ NBCU's The Office
was a bright spot, however, climbing 7% to 3.1, its highest household rating in
four weeks.  Even better, the show spiked
15% in W18-34 to a 2.7 and 9% in W18-49 to a 2.5 and ranked no. 1 in both demos
among all shows in syndication.

Other new off-net sitcoms included CBS Television's (CTD) Everybody Hates Chris, which rose 13% to
1.7 and Twentieth's My Name Is Earl,
which fell 6% to 1.6. 

In first-run, Sony's Dr.
weakened 4% to 2.4.  Twentieth's Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader sank
7% to a new season-low 1.4. 
Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams
jumped 30% to 1.3 and Litton's Street
continued to hang out far back at an unchanged 0.6.

Elsewhere in daytime, CTD's Oprah declined 5% to 3.8, losing to Judge Judy (CTD) for the fifth week in a row.  Judy
was off 4% to 4.4, but was 7% ahead of last year at this time.  Oprah
was down 19% from last year.  Among other
talkers, CTD's Dr. Phil held steady
at 2.4.  Disney/ABC's Live With Regis and Kelly fell 8% to
2.4.  Warner Bros.' Ellen Degeneres and NBCU's Maury
were unchanged at 2.1 and 1.9, respectively. 
CTD's The Doctors slipped 6%
to 1.7.  CTD's Rachael Ray remained at a 1.5. 
NBCU's Jerry Springer was up
8% to 1.4.  NBCU's Steve Wilkos and Warner Bros.' Bonnie
were both flat at 1.2 and 0.8, respectively.  NBCU's Martha
tumbled 17% to 0.5.

CTD's Judge Joe Brown
was the no. 2 court show with a 2.1, down 5% from the prior session.  Warner Bros.' People's Court was flat at 2.0. 
Warner Bros.' Judge Mathis
slid 6% to 1.5.  Twentieth's Judge Alex and Divorce Court
and Warner Bros.' Judge Jeannine Pirro
were all unchanged at 1.4, 1.3 and 1.0, respectively.

Game shows did little. 
CTD's Wheel of Fortune got a
flat 6.5.  CTD's Jeopardy faded 2% to 5.4. 
Disney/ABC's Who Wants to Be a
dwindled 4% to 2.3. 
Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud
remained unchanged at 1.4.

CTD's Entertainment
topped the magazines with a steady 4.1.  CTD's Inside
stumbled 3% to 3.0.  Warner
Bros.' TMZ gained 5% to 2.0.  NBCU's Access
was flat at 1.9.  The
Insider was down 6% to 1.7.  Warner
Bros.' Extra was unchanged at 1.7.

Off-net sitcoms were mixed. 
Warner Bros.' Two and a Half Men
receded 2% to 4.6.  Twentieth's Family Guy was down 3% to 3.2.  CTD's Everybody
Loves Raymond
, Sony's Seinfeld
and Warner Bros.' George Lopez were
all flat at 3.0, 2.8, and 2.7, respectively. 
Twentieth's King of the Hill
erased 4% of its ratings to 2.3.  Warner
Bros.' Friends added 5% to 2.2.  House
of Payne
was unchanged at 1.7.  Frasier grew 7% to 1.5.  Sony's King
of Queens
tumbled 7% to a new season-low 1.4.