“Dr. Phil” was the standout in the latest national syndication numbers, scoring its highest ratings since the 2004-05 season and closing the gap with “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to its narrowest this season.
Meanwhile, several vet and rookie talkers and most magazine shows also showed strength in the week ended Nov. 12, which included the first full week of the November sweeps.
“Dr. Phil” was up 11% from the week before to a 5.9, its highest ratings in 18 months, and was the only talkshow up over last year at this time, improving 7%. The Texas talker also hit double-digit gains in all key demos, including a 27% jump in women 18-34 to a 2.8.
Most notably, “Dr. Phil” came within 1.3 ratings points of talk topper “Oprah,” which was down 6% to a 7.2.
Two other yakkers hit new season highs: “Maury,” which was up 4% to a 2.5 in fourth place, and “The Jerry Springer Show,” which spiked 13% to a 1.8 in sixth.
Springer, reaping benefits from his recent appearances on “Dancing With the Stars,” has seen a ratings boost of 29% over the past month.
“The Rachael Ray Show” continues to dominate the freshman class, jumping 5% to 2.1, scoring higher numbers than the next two frosh talkers combined. Show hit a 2.3, its highest daily rating since preem week, with an appearance by Tim Allen on the Nov. 8 show.
“The Dr. Keith Ablow Show” was a distant second at a 1.1, up 10%. “The Greg Behrendt Show” averaged a 0.9, up 13%, in third, and “The Megan Mullally Show” was unchanged at a 0.8.
Among newsmagazines, “Entertainment Tonight” hit its highest ratings in months, leading the mag race by a wide margin with a 4% gain to a season-best 5.6. “ET” was the only magazine up over last year, growing by 2%. Driving the show’s increase was its coverage of Britney Spears’ divorce filing Nov. 8, which sent its ratings up 20% from the prior week to a 6.0, its highest rating since the day after the Academy Awards March 6.
“Inside Edition” averaged a 3.6, up 6%. In third place, “The Insider” was up 4% to a 2.7. “Access Hollywood” was unchanged at a 2.6, and “Extra” jumped 10% to a new season high of 2.3.