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'Hard Copy' up with downsized Anderson Lee

Deflation leads to inflation: “Hard Copy” saw its numbers soar in the week of April 12, according to Nielsen’s latest syndie ratings report, thanks to its telecast of what was billed as the first glimpse of Pamela Anderson Lee sans implants.

Paramount’s “Hard Copy,” which is on its way out this season after a 10-year run, jumped 18% from the previous week to a 2.0 national household average for the week. The tabmag’s score in the key demographic of adults 18-49 climbed 12% but still only reached 0.9, which explains why the show is calling it a wrap this summer.

At the other end of the syndie newsmag scale, Par’s “Entertainment Tonight” weighed in with a 5.6 household average, unchanged from the previous week, while its demo number rose 8% to a 2.7.

‘Extra’ flat

Warner Bros.’ “Extra” was flat from week-to-week in both households (3.7) and the demo (1.6). King World’s “Inside Edition” upticked 3% to a 3.1 in households and a 1.3 in the demo. “Access Hollywood” was also unchanged from the previous week at a 2.2, while its demo dipped 9% to a 1.0.

On the talkshow front, Studios USA’s “Jerry Springer” stayed atop the yak pack with a 6.7 household average and a 4.6 in the key daytime demo of women 18-49. King World’s “Oprah Winfrey” inched up 2% to a 6.1, while its femme demo eased 3% to a 3.9.

Par’s “Montel Williams” was flat from week-to-week with a 3.6 in households, but its demo climbed 5% to a 2.2. Studios USA’s “Sally Jessy Raphael” rebounded from a down week with a 6% hike to a 3.6 and a 10% demo gain (2.2). Warner Bros.’ “Rosie O’Donnell” also stayed status quo at a 3.5 in households and a 2.5 with femmes.

Yak slack

Buena Vista TV’s “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee” slipped 3% to a 3.4 in households, while taking an 11% slide with femmes (2.2). Columbia TriStar’s “Ricki Lake” also had a down week, losing 11% in households (3.1) and 19% with femmes (2.2). Warner Bros.’ “Jenny Jones” dropped 15% to a 2.8 in households but was flat with femmes (1.9).

Freshman talkers “Roseanne,” “Donny & Marie” and “Forgive or Forget” all had an off week. Gavelers, led by Worldvision’s “Judge Judy,” also were down slightly from the previous week.

Among weekly dramas, Studios USA’s “Xena: Warrior Princess” took a big slide, dropping 14% from week-to-week to a 3.2 in households, while Par’s “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” in its swan-song season, hit the thrusters and climbed 16% to a 4.4.

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