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'Oprah,' 'Ellen' on the rise

“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Oprah Winfrey,” “Ellen,” “Jeopardy!” and “Divorce Court” were among the big syndie winners in the May sweeps.

“Raymond” was up 19% from last year’s May sweeps to 6.4. “Oprah” and “Ellen” were each up 11% to 8.0 and 2.1, respectively. “Jeopardy” improved 10% to 7.4 on the strength of its Ultimate Tournament of Champions. “Divorce Court” was up 12% to 2.8.

“Wheel of Fortune” was down 1% to 8.2, but it was enough to beat “Oprah” and “Jeopardy” for the top spot among all shows.

Overall, network daytime total viewership per average minute was down by 358,000 viewers, about 2%, May to May.

Talkshows did fairly well overall, as the top four yakkers — “Oprah,” “Dr. Phil” (up 4% to 5.8), “Live With Regis and Kelly” (up 3% to 3.5) and “Maury” (up 3% to 3.0) — all improved.

Courtshows had mixed results, as “Judge Judy” (down 2% to 4.8), “Judge Joe Brown” (down 3% to 3.3) and especially “Judge Hatchett” (down 19% to 1.7) declined. Improved were “Divorce Court,” “People’s Court” (up 8% to 2.7) and “Judge Mathis” (up 9% to 2.5).

Among newsmags, “Entertainment Tonight” (5.1) and “Inside Edition” (3.3) were even with last year, while declining were “Access Hollywood” (down 7% to 2.6) and “Extra” (down 15% to 2.2). Rookie “The Insider” notched a 2.7.

Among off-net sitcoms, big declines were suffered by “Will & Grace” (down 21% to 2.7), “That ’70s Show” (down 14% to 3.0) and “Frasier” (down 13% to 2.1).

Dating shows “Blind Date” and “Elimidate,” which have been renewed for next season, each dropped to a 1.1 — declines of 27% and 21%, respectively.

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