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Syndication Ratings: Syndies Settle on Day Two

After two days, CBS’ The Doctors has an early lead among this year’s crop of syndicated rookies.

The show’s two-day average was a 1.5 rating/4 share among weighted metered-market households, according to Nielsen Media Research, off 12% from its lead-in and 17% from its year-ago time-period average.

As of Tuesday, The Doctors was winning its time period in three of the top 20 markets: on WSB Atlanta at 10 a.m., where it grew 9% from its premiere to a 2.4/9; on KUSA Denver at 1 p.m., where it jumped 40% to a 1.4/6; and on KOVR Sacramento, Calif., at 2 p.m., where it climbed 57% to a 2.2/7.

Warner Bros.’ The Bonnie Hunt Show averaged a 1.0/3 over its first two days, down 29% from its lead-in and 9% from its September 2007 time-period average. It was the top-rated show in its time period on KING Seattle at 2 p.m., where it was flat from Monday to Tuesday at a 1.8/8, and on WEWS Cleveland at 10 a.m., where the show climbed 69% to a 2.7/12.

NBC Universal’s Deal or No Deal -- this year’s first game show to premiere, with Debmar-Mercury’s Trivial Pursuit: America Plays coming up Sept. 22 -- is averaging a 1.3/3, down 7% from both its lead-in and year-ago time-period averages. On WOIO Cleveland at 7 p.m., Deal climbed 64% to a 2.3/4, while on WNBC Los Angeles, the show improved to a 0.7/2 from a 0.4/1, a 75% jump.

The race between the two new court shows narrowed, with Sony’s Judge Karen jumping 38% on Tuesday to a 1.1/3 -- with some help from its lead-in, which improved 22% -- giving the show a 0.9/3 two-day average, down 11% from both lead-in and year-ago time periods.

That put Karen in a dead heat with Program Partners’ Family Court with Judge Penny, which also is averaging a 0.9/3, up 13% versus both its lead-in and year-ago time-period average.

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.