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‘Ryan’ rises, ‘Ellen’ top rookie talker

'Seacrest' is only strip to increase more than 15%

In a quiet stretch heading into the upcoming May sweep week, national syndication ratings flatlined during April 19-25.

The only strip in syndication to increase more than 15% for the week was rookie show “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” Talkshow jumped 22% to a 1.1 household rating, fueled by an April 22 Barry Manilow appearance in which the singer dueted with ousted “American Idol” competitor Jennifer Hudson.

“Seacrest” saw a 29% increase among women 18-34 and secured a .9 rating in that demo.

His was the only rookie program for the week to show improvement, with all others either plateauing or dropping.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was the top-rated rookie talker for the 25th week in a row, with a 1.8 rating, breaking even with the prior week.

Newcomer “Starting Over” held steady with a 1.1, tying Seacrest.

Both “The Sharon Osbourne Show,” a strip not expected to return next season, and “Living It Up! With Ali & Jack,” which has been formally canceled, were flat at a 1.0. each

Talking it up

“Live With Regis and Kelly” was the only talkshow that increased week to week, up 3% to a 3.5 rating and coming in third place.

Among all the talkshows, two were up, three were down and 10 were unchanged.

“Oprah Winfrey” was down 4% to a 6.6, and runner-up “Dr. Phil” was steady at a 5.1.

Among the daytime courtshows, “Judge Joe Brown” was up for the third week in the past four weeks after recently getting a second run in L.A. and nabbing upgrades in Cleveland and Cincinnati. For the week, it gained 3% for a second-place 3.6 rating.

The only courtshow higher than “Judge Brown” was “Judge Judy,” which was down a slight 2% to a 4.8.

There was some action among the latenight relationship strips. “Blind Date” was No. 1 for the fourth straight week, up 7% to 1.5. “Elimidate” was unchanged at 1.3, and right behind it at 1.2 was “Fifth Wheel,” which was up 9%, followed by “Extreme Dating” at a 1.0.

Latter has reportedly been canceled, though there has been no confirmation by Twentieth TV.

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