‘Regis’ rises year to year

Other vet yakkers choke

HOLLYWOOD — “Live With Regis & Kelly” proved to be the only vet syndie talker to improve over 2000 for the week of its debut, the third ratings week included in the February sweep.

Yakker turned in a 4.3 national household rating for the week ended Feb. 18, according to Nielsen. That’s up 8% from the previous week, and it’s up 10% from the prior year, when the show was dubbed “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee.”

At least six other talk vets — “Jerry Springer,” “Maury,” “Rosie O’Donnell,” “Sally,” “Jenny Jones” and “Martha Stewart” — weren’t so lucky, suffering double-digit percentage drops from the same week the previous year.

“Oprah” led the talk gang as usual, with a 6.5, down 7% year-to-year and flat from the prior week. “Live” was next, followed by “Springer,” with a 3.7, down 20% year-to-year and down 3% week-to-week.

“Maury” followed at 3.6, down 12% for the year and down 3% for the week. “Montel Williams” was down 8% for the year and down 3% for the week to a 3.4, for fifth place.

“Rosie” dipped the most year-to-year, by 31%, and was down 12% for the week to 2.9.

“Ricki Lake” and “Sally” tied at 2.5, with “Ricki” moving down 7% for the year and down 11% for the week, and “Sally” down 26% for the year, although up 9% for the week.

“Jenny Jones” earned a 2.2, down 12% for the year and down 8% for the week, and “Martha Stewart Living” was also down 12% for the year, but down 6% for the week to a 1.5.

“Queen Latifah” was even with last year and down 7% for the week to 1.3.

2 frosh gavelers up

Among the rookie strips, whose February perfs are being watched closely by stations, many of which have yet to renew most new shows, “Power of Attorney” and “Judge Hatchett” led the batch.

“Power” and “Hatchett,” incidentally, are the only two frosh strips with major renewals locked up for next season.

“Power” earned a 2.6, up 8% week-to-week, and “Hatchett” was flat at 2.2.

“Arrest & Trial” slipped 5% to 1.8, and “Street Smarts,” “Curtis Court” and “To Tell the Truth” all tied at 1.7.

“Smarts” and “Curtis” were both down 6% for the week, and “Truth” was flat.

“Dr. Laura,” which was flat, and “Moral Court,” which was up 13%, tied at 0.9.

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” was flat at 0.7, and “Sex Wars” dipped 17% to 0.5.

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