Freshman syndies avoid post-sweeps doldrums

'Beastmaster' falls from first with 21% drop

Any sign of a post-sweeps blues wasn’t evident for most syndie rookies this week as a slew of freshmen reached all-time highs, according to Nielsen for the week of Dec. 6-12.

Things got especially interesting in the realm of new weekly hours, where “Beastmaster” from Tribune and Alliance/Atlantis was finally mastered after dominating the genre since its debut on Oct. 11. The series fell out of first place for the first time with a 21% drop to a 2.2 rating for the week. Picking up the slack was Paramount’s Tia Carrere starrer “Relic Hunter,” which skyrocketed 17% to an all-time high of 2.7 and a key demo surge of 27% to take control of the race for the week.

Second place went to off-net runs of “Profiler” from Carsey-Werner, which was off 4% for the week. “Beastmaster” tied at third with Eyemark’s “Peter Benchley’s Amazon” at a 2.2. Other freshman grades saw New Line’s “The Lost World” find a 12% rise to a 1.9, tying Buena Vista’s “Your Big Break,” which was off 5%. Columbia TriStar’s “Battledome” also saw a rise, climbing 6% to a 1.8.

Order in the courts

Among strips, Twentieth’s “Divorce Court” continued to blaze the rankings, tying its all-time high for the third straight week at a 3.3. The other entrant in the genre, Warner Bros.’ “Judge Greg Mathis” also saw its best rating ever with a 5% jump to a 2.3.

Among talkers, Telepictures’ “Queen Latifah” returned as the top new talkshow with a 1.3 rating despite a 7% slide from last week’s all-time high. Paramount’s “Leeza” dipped 15% to a 1.1, tying her with Eyemark’s “Dr. Joy Browne,” which climbed 10%. King World’s “The Martin Short Show” was flat at a 1.0.

Younger auds

Game/relationship show “Blind Date” from Universal had its best week yet, eyeballing a 13% increase in audiences to a 1.7. The onset of winter breaks in homes across the country may account for a large part of this, with more younger audiences watching TV this time of year.

The lone rookie gameshow this season, Pearson’s “Family Feud,” climbed 5% to a 2.0 rating. Meanwhile, the lone newsmag to bow, MGM’s “National Enquirer,” was up 6% to a 1.9.

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