Pre-sweeps week dull in syndication

The week leading into the May sweeps proved to be a dull one for most syndie strips, but a few weeklies got off to a head start in the ratings period ended April 25.

Paramount’s “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” All American TV’s “Baywatch” and Twentieth TV’s “A Current Affair Extra” each leaped 18% ahead their previous week’s perf in the Nielsen national syndie barter rankings.

‘Wheel Weekend’ wild

King World’s “Wheel of Fortune Weekend,” meanwhile, climbed 10% while Par’s “The Untouchables” gained 4%.

Skeins in reruns came under heavy fire.

Warner Bros.’ “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues” sank 32%, while WB’s “Time Trax” and Par’s Star Trek: The Next Generation” each fell 18%.

Talk strips didn’t fare much better.

Multimedia’s “Sally Jessy Raphael” fell 8% to a new low of a 4.5 for the season, while Group W’s “Vicki!”– the subject of recent controversy — slid 12% to a 2.3.

Other talkers facing tough going included WB’s “Jenny Jones” (down 14% to a 1 .9), Multimedia’s “Jerry Springer” (off 11% to a 1.7), WB’s “Jane Whitney” (flat at a 1.6) and Tribune’s “Joan Rivers” (slipping 6% to a 1.5).

Late night asleep

The late night crop of shows was sleepy, with Par’s “Arsenio Hall Show” falling 4% to a 2.3 and Genesis’ “Whoopi Goldberg Show” off in dreamland with a 1.3 mark — flat with the previous week.

In the kiddie slugfest, the Fox Children’s Network scored a 5.8 with “Batman: The Animated Series” in the key children 2-11 category while Buena Vista TV’s top-rated syndie series “Goof Troop” pulled a 5.5 in the demo.

Among persons 6-17, “Goof Troop” (4.6) trailed FCN’s “Batman” (4.7) and “Tiny Toons” (4.7).

Unlike the FCN shows, “Goof Troop” and other spokes in the “Disney Afternoon” wheel are not uniformly run in pattern.

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