Syndies in upswing after holiday doldrums

Gameshows perk up

Syndication entered an upswing during the seven days following the ratings-challenged Independence Day week, as several shows recovered from season and series lows.

Magazines were among the most improved. “Entertainment Tonight” continued to lead the batch, with a 16% improvement over the previous week to a 5.7 national household rating for the week ending July 16, according to Nielsen.

“Extra” followed, up 10% to 3.2.

In third and fourth for the category, respectively, “Inside Edition” and “Access Hollywood” both gained ground from all-time series lows the previous week. “Inside” was up 22% to 2.8, and “Access” was up 35% to 2.3.

Newcomer “National Enquirer TV” also got a boost, up 6% to 1.8.

Off-network runs of sitcoms “Friends” and “Seinfeld” recovered from all-time lows. “Friends” led the batch by moving up 14% to 5.6, followed by “Seinfeld,” up 16% to 5.1.

“Frasier” was up 7% to 4.9; and new entries “Drew Carey” and “3rd Rock From the Sun” were up 3% to 3.6 and up 7% to 3.2, respectively.

Games get more play

Gameshows and relationship series, which have been hit particularly hard in recent weeks, perked up. “Wheel of Fortune” moved up 5% to 9.2, and “Jeopardy” moved up 7% from its season low to 7.6.

“Hollywood Squares” recovered from a series low, up 12% to 3.8, and “Change of Heart” moved up 4% to 2.5.

Frosh strip “Blind Date,” which unlike most series recently hit a high (reaching 2.2 twice early this month), moved down 5% to 2.1.

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” received good news as well, recovering 16% from its series low to tally a 5.8, the highest among the talkers.

Fellow stalwart “Judge Judy” led her group, topping the gavelers by moving up 17% from a season low to 6.9.

Weeklies were strong, as well. “Entertainment Tonight’s” weekend edition led all weekly hours, improving 23% from the previous week to 3.8. “ER’s” off-net run was next with a 3.7, followed by “Xena,” at 3.6.

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