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Strips slip in nat’l syndie ratings

A sizable number of syndicated strip shows were left licking their wounds during the week ended May 30 in the Nielsen national syndication barter rankings , which overlaps with the final three days of the May sweeps.

With talkshows dominating the landscape, two of the biggest losers during the week were from Multimedia Entertainment.

‘Donahue’ off 26%

“Donahue” gave up 26% of its audience from the corresponding week a year ago, falling to a 4.6 from a 6.2, while “Sally Jessy Raphael” tumbled 16% to 4.9 from its year-ago mark of 5.8.

Tribune’s “Joan Rivers” also had a difficult week, sliding 20% to 1.6 — tied at the bottom of the talkshow pack with Warner Bros.’ “Jane Whitney”– from last May’s weeklong average of 2.0.

In the gain column, Trib’s “Geraldo” jumped 12% week-to-week, rising to 4.8 from 4.3 and beating “Donahue” for the first time this season.

King World’s “Oprah Winfrey” turned in a solid year-to-year performance, rising 5% to a corpulent 10.2 from 9.7.

Paramount’s “Maury Povich” inched up a notch to 4.3 from 4.2 a year ago.

WB’s “Jenny Jones” turned in a mixed perf. The show slid 12% from the previous week but gained 15% over last year as it rose to 2.3 from 2.0.

Among the newcomers, Viacom’s “Montel Williams” rose 4% to 2.9 from 2.8 the previous week; Group W’s “Vicki!” lost 11% to 2.4 from 2.7 and Multimedia’s “Jerry Springer” added 6% to 1.8 from 1.7.

In access, King World’s dynamic duo “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” were each up 5% over the year-ago week.

‘ET’ top newsmag

Among newsmagazines, Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight” fell 8% year-to-year , landing at 7.3 from 7.9.

KW’s “Inside Edition” rolled up an 8% gain over the corresponding week last year, jumping to 6.6 from 6.1.

Twentieth TV’s “A Current Affair” continued to experience troubles, turning in its lowest mark of the season as it dropped 9% to 6.1 from 6.7 last May.

Par’s “Hard Copy” also headed south, losing 5% to 5.2 from the year-ago average of 5.5.

‘Rush’ on the rise

“Rush Limbaugh,” who’s primarily cleared in late night slots, came back to life, gaining 11% to 3.9 from 3.5 the previous week.

Par’s “Arsenio” continues to take a pounding with a 23% dive to 2.4 from 3.1 a year ago.

Among the weeklies, Par’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation” lost 9% from last year, falling to 10.6 from 11.7, while companion “Deep Space Nine” added 8% from the previous week as it climbed to 9.7 from 9.0.

WB’s “Kung Fu” fought its way to 6.0, an 11% gain from last week’s 5.4.

The ratings wave pounded All American TV’s “Baywatch” (5.1) with an 18% loss from the previous week, but the show gained 11% from 4.6 last year.

Paramount’s “The Untouchables” lost its touch, slipping 13% to 4.6 from 5.3 week-to-week. Warner Bros.’ “Time Trax,” meanwhile, remained flat with 5.1.

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