'Wheel,' 'Jeopardy' hit new season lows

NEW YORK — Ratings for most syndicated shows were lower during the week ending June 13 because of extensive coverage of Ronald Reagan’s death and memorial.

The top off-net sitcoms were especially hard hit, with “Seinfeld” down 14% to a 5.0, “Friends” losing 8% to a 4.7 and “Everybody Loves Raymond” dropping 8% to a 4.6.

Among the gameshows both “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” hit new season lows for a second straight week. “Wheel” (6.9) was down 8% from the prior week and “Jeopardy” (5.8) declined 5%.

Elsewhere, although none of the top five daytime shows rose, a few of the magazines did see increases. No. 1 mag “Entertainment Tonight” gained 2% to 4.6, second-place “Inside Edition” was unchanged (3.2), and third-place “Access Hollywood” rebounded, up 17% to a 2.8 after hitting a new season low the week before.

Fourth-place “Extra” was down 4% to 2.3 and “Celebrity Justice” declined 8% to 1.1.

Sharp increases

On the weekend several of the weekly hours actually saw sharp increases after getting pounded by the coverage of Reagan’s death the week before.

The top weekly hour, “ET Weekend,” surged 35% to a 3.1; in second place, “The Practice” rose 11% to a 2.0.

Fifth-place “Unexplained Mysteries” was up 13% to a 1.7, while “Access Hollywood’s” weekend shot up 67% to a 1.5 to land in a four-way tie for seventh place with “Extra Weekend,” “She Spys” and “Walker Texas Ranger.”

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