“Rachael Ray” continued to crush all of its firstrun rookie competish, scoring more than double the rating of any other new talker despite dipping 9% to a 2.1 in the week ended Oct. 1.
“Ray” set new Nielsen highs in 13 of the top 35 markets in its second week. Sept. 26 show featuring Dr. Phil McGraw reached a total audience of more than 4 million viewers.
“The Dr. Keith Ablow Show” was the No. 2 talker with a 1.0, up 11% week to week, while “The Megan Mullally Show” dropped 11% to a 0.8. Skein will be downgraded in New York to 11 a.m. from 3 p.m. starting Monday on NBC flagship station WNBC.
Though down 7% to a 1.3, the freshman gaveler “Cristina’s Court” was the top new courtshow. Ratings for “Judge Maria Lopez” were unavailable, but the gaveler drew a 0.8/3 in the metered markets, unchanged week to week and year to year.
New magazine “Geraldo at Large” held steady at a 1.6 in its third week. Skein was the No. 2 rated firstrun rookie.
Among the newcomers to off-net syndication, “According to Jim” was still the highest-rated strip despite a 6% dip to a 1.7 in its second week.
“Scrubs” averaged a 1.6 in week two after ratings were unavailable for its premiere week.
“One on One” was down 11% to a 0.8, while the “Still Standing” were unavailable.
Overall only a handful of veteran shows were able to gain week to week as PUT (people using television) levels declined by an average of slightly more than 1 million viewers.
“The Insider” was the only magazine up week to week, gaining 4% to a 2.7, while only one talker, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” experienced an increase, growing 6% to a 1.9.