Syndie ratings taking spring break

Spring has sprung a number of syndie shows out of their rating orbits.

A mixture of reruns and warmer weather combined to produce significant ratings losses for a large contingent of barter shows, according to the Nielsen national syndication rankings for the week ended April 4.

Among the programs taking the biggest week-to-week blows were Paramount’s “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (tumbling 20% to an 8.6 from a 10.7) and “The Untouchables” (sliding 14% to a 5.1 from a 5.9). Both shows were in reruns during the week.

But an original of Par’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation” also fell 11% to a 9.5 from a 10.7.

Of the strips, Multimedia’s “Rush Limbaugh” plunged 16% to a 3.1 from a 3.7. The talker has run into a wall lately, posting losses in three of the past four weeks.

Par’s “Arsenio Hall Show,” however, bucked the downward trend and rose 14% to a 2.5 from a 2.2.

Others experiencing double-digit declines were Viacom’s “The Montel Williams Show” (down 15% to a 2.8 from a 3.3) and Tribune’s “The Joan Rivers Show” (dipping 11% to a 1.7 from a 1.9).

In the off-net arena, Turner’s “The Wonder Years” sank 10% to a 3.7 from a 4. 1, while Columbia’s “Married… with Children” dove 10% to a 7.1 from a 7.9.

The tabloid set was weak, with King World’s “Inside Edition” dropping 7% to a 7.5 from an 8.1, Par’s “Hard Copy” slipping 5% to a 5.4 from a 5.7 and Twentieth’s “A Current Affair” losing 4% to a 7.2 from a 7.5.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety

Loading