Syndication Ratings: Viewers Continue to Tune in to 'Jeopardy!''s Trebek

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CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy! remained viewers’ center of attention in the second week following the death of host Alex Trebek, dipping 2% from its season high in the week ended Nov. 22 to a 5.9 live plus same day national household rating according to Nielsen Media Research. That placed Jeopardy! second among all syndicated shows behind CTD’s Judge Judy

Judy, which has been the first-run season-to-date champion every year since 2009 and is now in its 25th and final season of first-run syndication, rose 3% to a new season-high 6.1 to lead all shows in households. It was Judy’s strongest showing since the week ended May 10.

Meanwhile, Jeopardy! led the games for a second week. Debmar-Mercury’s usual top game, Family Feud, narrowed the gap, inching up 2% to a 5.7. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, which is paired with Jeopardy! in many markets, also added 2% to a new season-high 5.6. 

Fox’s 25 Words or Less logged a flat 0.9, while Entertainment Studios’ Funny you Should Ask answered with a 25% jump to a 0.5.

Disney’s internet video show RightThisMinute stayed put at a 0.7 for the fourth time in five weeks. 

Magazines were mostly steady. CTD’s Inside Edition edged up 4% to a new season-high 2.6 to lead the group, with sister show Entertainment Tonight close behind despite dipping 4% from its season high to a 2.4.

NBCUniversal’s Access Hollywood held its ground at its season best 1.1 in third place. Warner Bros.’ TMZ was unchanged at a 0.8. Warner Bros.’ Extra also held steady at its season-high 0.7, tying CTD’s DailyMailTV, which delivered a 17% increase. 

Fox’s Dish Nation, which has been renewed by Fox for two more years, remained at a 0.3 for the 12th straight week, while Trifecta’s Celebrity Page fell back down 33% to a 0.2 from a 0.3.

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In daytime, CTD’s Dr. Phil remained at its season high, finishing first or tied for first for the 203rd time in its last 220 tries, with a steady 2.0.

Disney’s Live with Kelly and Ryan, which has been first or tied for first in seven of the past 11 weeks, eased 5% from its season high to a 1.9. Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, Live led with a 0.8.

Back in households, the next seven talkers were tightly bunched. Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneneres held on to third place but eroded 8% to a 1.1, matching its season low. NBCU’s sophomore Kelly Clarkson held at its season high 1.0. Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams weakened 10% to a 0.9 to tie NBCU’s conflict talker Maury, which moved down 10% to match its series low and CTD’s Rachael Ray, which held steady.

Disney’s Tamron Hall ran into news preemptions in several large markets, including Los Angeles, and returned 11% to a 0.8 to tie NBCU’s unchanged Steve Wilkos. Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz, Warner Bros.’ The Real, CTD’s The Doctors and NBCU’s out-of-production syndicated run of Jerry Springer all stayed put at a 0.7, 0.4, 0.3 and 0.2, respectively, with Doctors and Springer remaining at series lows.

The season’s lone rookie, CTD’s Drew Barrymore, held steady at a 0.5. 

Back in court, CTD’s Hot Bench hung tough at its season-best 1.7.

Warner Bros.’ People’s Court was flat at a 1.1, while its Judge Mathis increased 13% to a 0.9. NBCU’s sophomore Judge Jerry stayed at a 0.7 for a fourth straight week, while Fox’s Divorce Court and Trifecta’s Protection Court were unchanged at a 0.7 and 0.3, respectively.

Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory was stable at a 2.7 to lead the off-network sitcoms. Disney’s Last Man Standing stood pat at a 2.0, Disney’s Modern Family fell 8% to a 1.1, tying Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men, which held steady. SPT’s The Goldbergs, Disney’s Family Guy, SPT’s Seinfeld and Warner Bros.’ Mike & Molly all remained at a 1.0, 1.0, 0.9 and 0.8, respectively. Disney’s Black-ish added 14% to a 0.8, tying Mike & Molly. Warner Bros.’ Mom and 2 Broke Girls each were on par with the prior week’s 0.7, tying Debmar-Mercury’s Schitt’s Creek, which rose 17%.

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.