‘Oprah,’ ‘Jeopardy!’ are syndie winners

Two King World powerhouses, “Jeopardy!” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” posted the biggest gains of any top-10 syndie shows during the week ended July 25.

The Nielsen national barter rankings show “Jeopardy!” gaining nearly 6% week-to-week, finishing with 11.5, and “Oprah” soaring 14% to 9.1.

‘Sally’ and ‘Phil’ dip

Among other talkers, Multimedia’s “Sally Jessy Raphael” was off a notch to 5. 5, while the syndicator’s other major franchise, “Donahue,” dipped a tenth to 5. 1.

Tribune’s “Geraldo” inched up to 4.8, Paramount’s “Maury Povich Show” earned 4.3 and Buena Vista Television’s “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee” delivered a healthy 4.0.

In the next talkshow tier, Viacom’s “Montel Williams” led the way with 3.4. Group W Prods.’ “Vicki!” rose 12% to 2.8 and Warner Bros.’ “Jenny Jones” fell 11 % to 2.4.

Multimedia’s “Jerry Springer” was stuck at 2.2, with WB’s “Jane Whitney Show” scoring a personal best of 2.1, a 75% jump over the 1.2 mark it premiered with in January.

Trib’s upcoming shop talker, “Joan Rivers,” rung up a bargain basement rating of 1.8, down a tenth from the previous week.

In latenight, Multimedia’s “Rush Limbaugh” slipped 12% to 2.9, while Par’s “The Arsenio Hall Show” fell even further (dropping 14% to 2.4).

Flat or down

The newsmags were either flat or down during the week, with Par’s “Entertainment Tonight” leading the pack with 7.0. It was followed by KW’s “Inside Edition” (6.4), Twentieth TV’s “A Current Affair” (5.5) and Par’s “Hard Copy” (5.2).

In the weekly firstrun hour dramas and action shows, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” led with 7.9. Next up was companion “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (7. 6), All-American TV’s “Baywatch” (5.5), WB’s “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues” (5. 1) and WB’s” Time Trax” (4.8).

Cannell Distribution’s “Renegade” fired off a 29% gain during the week, averaging 4.5, ahead of Par’s “The Untouchables” (4.2).

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