‘ElimiDate’ romances syndication audience

Strong syndie performances

Syndie dating strip “ElimiDate” again led the new syndie dating strips, moving up in its fifth week to its best perf yet, a 1.4 national household rating, according to Nielsen.

“ElimiDate’s” continued leadership into the week ended Oct. 21 is particularly interesting because the show — unlike its competitors — does not have a traditional clearance in Gotham. Skein is available in New York City via cable, on WLNY, a station out of Long Island.

Show’s rating reps a 17% week-to-week gain as well as a 40% preem-to-week increase, making it the fastest-growing new strip in syndication this season.

The WB meanwhile benched a primetime version of the show, “ElimiDate Deluxe” (Daily Variety, Oct. 29).

In its third week on the ratings chart, “Fifth Wheel” was second in the newcomer dating game, earning a 1.1 during the week ended Oct. 21.

“ShipMates” and “Rendez-View” both stayed at 0.9 in their eight and fifth weeks, respectively.

“Blind Date,” in its third season, led the genre overall with a 1.8; fellow relationship vet “Change of Heart” earned a 1.5.

Elsewhere, “Crossing Over With John Edward,” whose rating includes its run on Sci Fi, led the new strips overall in its eighth week, holding steady week to week at 1.8. “Iyanla,” in week 10, and “The Other Half” earned a 1.1 each.

“The Ananda Lewis Show” and “Card Sharks” each turned in a 1.0, and “Talk or Walk” earned a 0.8.

In weekly action, “Mutant X” dipped 9% from its preem to tie soph “Andromeda” at 3.0 for second among weekly hours. “Entertainment Tonight” led the weekly hours with a 3.5.

New weekly reality hour “The Bravest,” in its third week, and new action hour “Tracker,” in its preem, tied at 1.3.

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