Sweeps weeks hits slums

Sydie shows turns new lows

The ratings for most syndicated shows were flat to slightly lower in the week ended May 7, the first full week of the sweep.

The sixth straight weekly decline in PUT levels took its toll on ratings. The number of persons using television was down by another 573,000 viewers on average from the week prior, having fallen by an average of 6.4 million, or 12%, over the past six weeks.

Of the 30 firstrun strips in syndication, only two, “Live With Regis and Kelly” and “Oprah,” were able to buck the downtrend. “Regis and Kelly” was up 6% to a 3.3, “Oprah” up 1% to a 7.0.

“Regis and Kelly” got a boost from a May 4 guest appearance by “Judge Judy’s” Judy Sheindlin, which drove the ratings for that show up 16% to a 3.6. Skein was nevertheless off 8% year on year, with none of the talkers seeing an increase from 2005.

Top yakker “Oprah” was down 13% year to year, while “Dr. Phil” was down 6% for the week to a 5.1 and down 7% from last year.

One week after his show made headlines getting hit with a $100 million sexual harassment suit, “Maury” was down 4% to a 2.5 and down 14% year to year.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” at a 2.2, was unchanged week to week and year to year.

“The Montel Williams Show” was flat for the week at a 2.0 and down 13% from last year, while “Jerry Springer” was unchanged at a 1.7 and down 23% from last year.

Courtshow ratings continued to go nowhere. “Judge Judy” slipped 2% to a 4.5 and dropped 4% from last year, while “Judge Joe Brown” was flat at a 3.0 and down 6% year to year. “People’s Court” dropped to a 2.6, down 4% week to week and year to year , while “Divorce Court” was down 4% to a 2.5 and down 7% from last year.

The entertainment magazine shows were all down from unusual high rating levels reached last year at this time.

“Entertainment Tonight” averaged a 4.9, down 2% for week and off 2% from last year.

“Inside Edition” was down 3% to a 3.4 and up 3% from last year. “The Insider” held steady at 2.5 but was off 11% from last year, while “Access Hollywood” was down 8% to a 2.3 and off 15% from last year. “Extra” was flat at a 2.1 and down 9% from last year.

Ratings for the top gameshows and off-net sitcoms were soft, with “Wheel of Fortune” leading the gamers with a 7.8, down 3% for week and down 6% year to year. “Jeopardy” followed at a 6.4, unchanged for the week and down 11% from last year.

“Everybody Loves Raymond” topped off-net sitcoms at a 5.4, down 5% on the week and down 16% from last year.

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