The ratings for most syndicated shows, especially magazines and talkers, were higher for the week ended May 14, which included the second full week of the sweep.
Four out of the five nationally rated magazine shows jumped, although “The Insider” was the only mag with ratings increases week to week and year to year. Skein hit a 2.7, its highest rating in nine weeks, thanks in part to an explosive interview on May 11 with Joey Buttafuoco. The episode scored a 3.0, up 20% from the prior week. For the week, “The Insider” was up 8% and up 4% from last year.
“Entertainment Tonight,” the No.1 magazine show, drew a 5.0, up 2% for the week but off 2% year to year.
“Inside Edition” was flat at a 3.4 and up 3% from last year. “Access Hollywood” drew a 2.5, up 9% for the week although flat year to year. “Extra,” at a 2.2, was up 5% from the week prior and unchanged year to year.
Seven out of the 11 talkers moved higher week to week, two remained unchanged, and two were down.
“The Martha Stewart Show” hit a new season low at a 1.4, dropping 13% week to week, while fellow rookie talker “The Tyra Banks Show” was up 6% to a 1.7.
Top talker “Oprah” was up 3% to a 7.2 but down 10% from last year. “Dr. Phil” averaged a 5.6, up 10% for the week but down 2% year to year. “Live With Regis and Kelly” was up 3% to a 3.4 and even with last year.
In the third week following the $100 million sexual harassment suit, “Maury” was up 4% to a 2.6 but down 13% from last year.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the only talker up over last year, improved 10% year on year to a 2.2 and was up 5% for the week.
“Montel” was down 5% to a 1.9 and had the biggest year-to-year decline of any talker at 21%, while “The Jerry Springer Show” earned a 1.8, up 6% for the week but still down 14% from the year prior.
Among the top four courtshows, only “People’s Court” was up over last year. Skein was up 4% both week to week and year to year at a 2.7. Also at a 2.7 was “Divorce Court,” up 8% for week and unchanged from last year.
Gaveler leader “Judge Judy” drew a 4.7, up 4% for week but flat year to year, while “Judge Joe Brown” was up 3% to a 3.1 but down 6% from last year.