Ratings hurrah for ‘Oprah’

Talker takes top spot for first time in over a decade

NEW YORK — “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was No. 1 in the national syndie ratings for the week of May 16-22, the first week it has taken the top spot since summer 1992, according to distrib King World.

“Oprah” snatched the top spot from “Wheel of Fortune,” which had not left the throne since the week that began Sept. 13, when “Jeopardy” was No. 1 on the strength of long-running champ Ken Jennings.

“Wheel” dropped two-tenths of a point (or 2%) to 7.9, and was the only strip to hit a new season low during the week. “Oprah” rose just a 10th of a point (1%), to 8.1.

Most other shows fared OK, as 15 of the top 30 strips increased, while 11 were even and only four went down (“Wheel,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Friends” and “Cops”). No courtshow or talkshow went down. and no talk shows went down.

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