‘Date’ bow tops among new syndies

'Rendez-View,' 'Sharks' also debut

Ratings for Telepictures’ relationship skein “ElimiDate” led a trio of new firstrun syndicated strips that debuted nationally during the first full week after the Sept. 11 crisis.

“ElimiDate” earned a 1.0 national household rating for the week ended Sept. 23, according to Nielsen.

Preem of fellow relationship show “Rendez-View,” from Paramount Domestic TV, earned a 0.8 household rating.

FremantleMedia’s gamer revival “Card Sharks” earned a 0.8 in its debut week.

“Crossing Over With John Edward,” among the new firstrun strips that already debuted this season, continues to be leader of the newcomer pack. Show, from Studios USA Domestic TV, earned a 1.7 in its fourth week on the national household ratings chart. Perf for the show featuring a psychic medium was flat with the prior week, which included ratings for only one day. Skein’s preem week earned a 2.1, the second week a 2.0.

Next came King World Prods.’ talkshow “The Ananda Lewis Show,” which in its second week on the air was up 8% over the shortened previous week to a 1.3.

Buena Vista Television’s talker “Iyanla,” in its sixth week, moved up 20% week to week to a 1.2, matching its preem-week perf. For three weeks after its preem, the show was steady at a 1.1. It dipped slightly during the shortened week to a 1.0.

NBC Enterprises’ talker “The Other Half” was flat at 1.0 with its preem during the prior frame.

Columbia TriStar TV Distribution’s relationship show “Ship Mates” dipped 11% from the short week to a 0.8 in its fourth. The show had been steady at a 0.9 in its first three.

Ratings for Tribune Entertainment’s new relationship/talker “Talk or Walk” were not available, as Nielsen was reprocessing the figures.

“Just Shoot Me” led the three off-network sitcoms that debuted in national syndication during the week ended Sept. 23. “Shoot” earned a 2.3, beating all-time lows logged for the week by “The Drew Carey Show” (2.5), “3rd Rock From the Sun” (2.1) and “Spin City” (1.9).

Fellow newcomers “The Steve Harvey Show” earned a 1.1 and “MadTV” a 0.7.

“Seinfeld” led the off-net sitcom group overall, moving up 39% over the prior week to a 5.7. Frame marks the debut of a second run of the show becoming available to TV stations airing the repeats.

The syndie mags all posted ratings that are up over a year earlier; during that period in 2000, however, the shows were up against preemptions and heightened competish due to Olympics coverage.

Still, the mags are posting healthy perfs as viewers continue coping with the Sept. 11 disaster.

“Entertainment Tonight,” which was preempted in Gotham all week due to news reports on WCBS, earned a 6.0 — its best perf in 25 weeks. The rating is up 3% over the prior week.

“Inside Edition” was up 13% week to week to a 3.4; “Access Hollywood” was up 7% to 2.9; and “Extra,” preempted in Gotham for three days, was up 8% to a 2.8.

“Judge Judy,” down 6% week to week, as usual led the gavelers, and “Oprah” continued to dominate the yakkers.

“Oprah,” coming off a season preem rating that was better than the show had earned in more than a year, dipped 12% to a 6.1.

“Wheel of Fortune” (8.0) led the gamers and cannot be compared with the previous week due to preemptions.

“Blind Date” led the relationship clique, dipping 6% to 1.5.

And “Entertainment Tonight Weekend,” down 3% to 3.9, led the weekly hours.

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