Tyra’s talker tops syndicated Stewart

'Banks' ranks over 'Martha'

Although “The Tyra Banks Show” has yet to be renewed, talker ended the year on a high note.

For the week ended Jan. 1, the first syndication ratings using Live Plus Same Day, “Tyra” tied its best week ever at a 1.9, a 12% increase for the week, even as the show was in repeats. Rating marked the first time since the week ended Oct. 16 that “Tyra” beat fellow freshman talker “The Martha Stewart Show,” which went unchanged at a 1.8.

Third rookie “Judge Alex” was up 9% to a 2.4, which tied its series high.

In key demos “Tyra” was the top-rated rookie across the board. Among women 18-34 “Tyra” drew a 1.4 while “Alex” and “Martha” each received a 0.6. In women 18-49 “Tyra” scored a 1.3 to a 1.0 for “Alex” and a 0.9 for “Martha.” “Tyra” also scored a 1.3 with women 25-54, while “Alex” drew a 1.2 and “Martha” a 1.1.

Meanwhile, “Geraldo at Large,” which is not yet nationally rated, continued to underperform in its 10th week on the air. For the week ended Sunday, skein averaged a series-low 2.1/4 for its primary run in its 34 metered markets, down 34% from lead-in and down 25% from the year-ago time period average. On the positive side, “Geraldo” had its best week in New York since being upgraded to the 6:30 p.m. timeslot four weeks ago with a 1.3/2 — up 18% from its lead-in, although still down 58% from the January 2005 time period average.

Among the veteran magazines, top-rated “Entertainment Tonight” was the only skein to improve, scoring a 5.0, up 2%. In second place, “Inside Edition” drew a 3.3, down 6%.

Most of the talkshows were higher.

Top-rated talker “Oprah,” coming off a season low in week prior, was up 3% to a 6.4. “Dr. Phil,” which also was rebounding from a new season low the week before, was up 2% to a 4.8.

“Live With Regis & Kelly,” which was in repeats all week, was down 8% to a 3.6. “Maury” was up 14% to a new season-high 3.3, and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” rounded out the top five with a 2.5, up 9%.

Most of the gameshows were little changed.

“Wheel of Fortune” was down 1% to an 8.1, while “Jeopardy” went unchanged at a 6.7. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” remained at its season high of a 3.3 for the fourth straight week, while “Family Feud” was up 10% to a new season high of 2.3.

The gavelers were up for the week, but most of the top shows still were down from last year at this time.

“Judge Judy” was up 2% to a 4.8 but down 8% year-to-year, while “Judge Joe Brown” was up 3% to a 3.2 but down 16% from last year.

Meanwhile, “People’s Court” was up 11% to a 3.0 and up 3% year-to-year, while “Divorce Court” was up 12% to a 2.8 but down 10% year-to-year.

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