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‘Power’ grabs big syndie aud

Some stations upgrade skein's timeslot after perf

Despite the holiday, gavelers saw mostly positive syndie ratings for Labor Day week with the debuts of newcomer “Power of Attorney” and the second season of its stablemate “Divorce Court.”

“Power of Attorney,” Fox syndie arm Twentieth Television’s followup to “Divorce,” turned in a 2.1 national household rating for the week ended Sept. 3, according to Nielsen.

Perf is higher than any other firstrun strip’s preem last fall except that of “Divorce,” which turned in a 2.4 last year in its first week.

“Power’s” debut was strong enough to convince several stations to upgrade the show’s time periods after its first week.

In Birmingham, Ala., the show was moved from 4:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on WBRC; in Portland, Ore., it shifted from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and got a second run at 2 p.m. on KPDX; in Minneapolis, skein is being upgraded to 11:30 p.m. from 12:30 a.m. on KSTP starting Monday; and in Greensboro, N.C., it went from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on WGHP.

“Divorce Court’s” second season debuted to a 3.1, 29% over its series preem exactly a year ago. It’s also up 7% from the previous week.

Paramount’s “Judge Judy” led the genre as usual, with a 6.6, up 5% from the previous week. Par stablemate “Judge Joe Brown” followed, with a 3.7, slipping 3% from the previous week.

Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution’s “Judge Mathis” was up 4% to 2.6, while fellow Warner Bros. gaveler “The People’s Court” was up 4% to 2.4.

Par’s “Judge Mills Lane” rebounded 13% from its series low the previous week to 1.8.

Outside of court, other recent debuts include King World’s “Cindy Margolis,” which held steady from the previous week at 1.3, and Studios USA Domestic Television’s “Lover or Loser,” which earned a 0.8.

“Lover” ratings are a result of both its USA Network cable delivery and its delivery on broadcast stations that cover roughly 49% of the country. Combined, USA and the broadcast stations carrying the relationship gamer rep coverage of 84% of the country.

Studios USA’s “Invisible Man,” which also has a shared window — in syndication and on cabler Sci-Fi Channel — earned a 1.9.

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