‘Millionaire’ mines rich ratings

Gamer shows most year-to-year growth

For the third week in a row, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” saw the most year-to-year growth of any firstrun strip.

“Millionaire” scored its biggest increase yet in the week ended Oct. 22, jumping 21% to a 3.5, the show’s highest rating in 37 weeks. Skein was up 6% week to week, according to Nielsen data.

“The Rachael Ray Show” was also hot, dominating the rookie talkers with a 2.1, a 5% gain.

“The Dr. Keith Ablow Show,” which was downgraded Monday in both Washington, D.C., and Norfolk, Va., was second with a 1.1, up 22%. Boosting the yakker was an Oct. 17 interview with former JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect John Mark Karr.

“The Greg Berhendt Show” and “The Megan Mullally Show” tied at a 0.8. “Behrendt” was up from a series low of 0.7, while “Mullally” was unchanged.

Of the nine veteran talkers, four were up and five unchanged. The gainers included “The Dr. Phil Show,” which hit its highest ratings in 20 weeks, rising 4% to 5.0. “Live With Regis and Kelly” was up 3% to a 3.4, while “The Montel Williams Show” was up 6% to a season high of 1.8. “The Jerry Springer Show” also gained 6% to a new season high of 1.7.

Only yakker up year to year was “Regis and Kelly,” which grew 3%.

Top talker “The Oprah Winfrey Show” drew a 6.7, unchanged for the week and down 4% year to year.

Rookie magazine show “Geraldo at Large” was up 15% to a 1.5 while veteran “Entertainment Tonight” was the No. 1 mag with a 5.4, up 4% week to week and 8% year to year.

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