'Tonight' climbs 5% to a 4.5

A correction was made to this article on June 28, 2006.

Syndicated shows hit a summer sports snag in the week ended June 18, with many programs preempted for one or more days by a combo of U.S. Open golf, Stanley Cup hockey and World Cup soccer, as well as the president’s June 14 press conference following his surprise trip to Iraq.

A handful of shows still managed to buck the general downtrend.

In access timeslots, “Entertainment Tonight” saw the biggest week-to-week increase in firstrun, climbing 5% to a 4.5 and up 2% from last year.

Second-place mag “Inside Edition” grabbed a 3.2, rising 3% from the previous week and gaining 7% from last year. “The Insider” held steady at a 2.5 in third place, unchanged for the week and dipping 4% from last year, while “Access Hollywood” was down 8% to a 2.2 and flat year to year. Meanwhile, “Extra” slipped 5% to a new season low of 2.0 but also was even with last year.

In gameshow action, “Wheel of Fortune” was down 6% to a 6.8 and off 1% from last year; “Jeopardy” fell 7% both week to week and year to year, while “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was unchanged for the week and the year at 2.9.

Both of the top talkshows fell to new season lows. “Oprah” had a 5.3 rating while “Dr. Phil” dropped 9% to a 4.1, unchanged year to year. “Live With Regis and Kelly” was the only yakker to improve week to week, up 3% at a 3.2 but down 6% from last year. “Maury” fell 4% to a 2.5, down 11% from last year.

The two rookie talkshows both aired practically all repeats. “Tyra” held steady at 1.4, while “Martha” hit a new season low for the second week running, falling 8% to a 1.1 and plunging 45% from its September preem week. “Tyra” was still up 27% from its September debut.

Also hitting a season low was gaveler “Judge Judy,” which sank 7% to a 4.2, down 2% from last year. “Judge Joe Brown” hung on to second place with a 2.8, unchanged for the week, but down 7% from last year. “The People’s Court” was third with a 2.6, flat both week to week and year to year.

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