Syndie scores shoot up for second week in row

The majority of the top 10 strips improved sharply in the Nielsen national barter ranking for the second week in a row.

For the week ended Jan. 10, King World’s “Wheel of Fortune” solidified its hold on the top spot, scoring a 15.2, up 7% from the previous week’s 14.2, while the company’s “Jeopardy!” moved into second place with a 13.0, up 8% from the previous week’s 12.0.

In third was Paramount’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” with an 11.4, down 12% from the previous week’s 12.9–a typical fluctuation for a weekly skein.

In fourth was King World’s “Oprah Winfrey Show,” which slipped 1% to 10.6, and was the only top-10 show besides the ninth-place finisher, King World’s “Inside Edition,” which was flat at 7.8, that didn’t post a decisive gain.

Oprah’s major talk competish, Multimedia’s “Donahue,” gained 16% to 7.4 from 6.4, the same percentage gain as Tribune’s “Geraldo” (to 5.0 from 4.3).

Twentieth Television’s “A Current Affair” won its highest ratings of the season with an 8.0, 10% better than the previous week’s yield of 7.3.

Ratings for Paramount’s “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” expected to make a very strong showing in its maiden voyage, were being reprocessed.

Meantime, other talkshows were experiencing mood swings. Paramount’s “The Maury Povich Show” fell 10% to 4.3 from 4.8; Buena Vista’s “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee” was off 17% to 4.0 from the previous week’s all-time best 4.8; Tribune’s “Joan Rivers Show” slid 21% to 1.9 from 2.4; Viacom’s “Montel Williams Show” dropping 16% to 2.6 from last week’s peak 3.1, and Multimedia’s “Jerry Springer” falling 13% to 2.0 from 2.3.

In late night talkshow action, Multimedia’s “Rush Limbaugh” was up an impressive 29% to 3.6 from 2.8, and Genesis’ “The Whoopi Goldberg Show” dipped to 11% to 1.7 from 1.9.

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: Logo

You are commenting using your 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