Syndies stay on the ball despite playoffs

'Millionaire' continues to rise in ratings

Ratings for most syndicated shows moved higher in the week ended Oct. 15, despite some preemptions for the baseball playoffs in certain markets.

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” saw the largest year-to-year improvement of any firstrun strip for the second week in a row, surging 18% to a 3.3, its highest rating since early April. Skein rose 6% week-to-week.

Overall, the magazine genre was the only one in which all shows either outperformed or held even with last year.

“Entertainment Tonight” scored a 5.2, its highest rating in more than six months. “ET” was up 2% for the week and 6% year to year.

“Inside Edition” was flat at 3.5, up 3% from last year, while “The Insider” saw the largest week-to-week gains in the genre, jumping 8% to 2.7, up 4% from the year prior.

“Access Hollywood” was unchanged week to week and year to year with a 2.6. “Extra” was up 5% to 2.2 and unchanged from last year.

“The Jerry Springer Show” had the biggest weekly improvement among the yakkers, surging 14% to a season high of 1.6.

Top talker “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was flat at 6.7. “The Dr. Phil Show” jumped 7% to a 4.8, while “Live With Regis and Kelly” was up 6% to 3.3. “The Maury Povich Show” gained 5% to 2.3, while “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” grew 11% to 2.0. “The Montel Williams Show” was unchanged at 1.7. “The Tyra Banks Show” and “The Martha Stewart Show” tied at 1.4, both up 8% from the week prior.

In rookie action, “The Rachael Ray Show” drew a 2.0, holding firm from the week prior. “Ray” attracted an average daily audience of more than 2.5 million viewers, a 2% week-to-week increase.

“The Dr. Keith Ablow Show” was unchanged at a 0.9, while “The Megan Mullally Show” was down 11% to a 0.8. “The Greg Behrendt Show” dropped 13% to a new season low of 0.7.

The new courtshows were both up. “Cristina’s Court” gained 8% to 1.4, and “Judge Maria Lopez” rose 13% to 0.9.

New mag “Geraldo at Large” slipped to a 1.3 after losing Friday to baseball.

In off-net syndication, “According to Jim” was up 6% to 1.8. “Scrubs” and “Still Standing” tied at 1.5. “Scrubs” was unchanged, while “Standing” was up 7%. “One on One” gained 13% to 0.9.

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