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'Wheel of Fortune,' 'Judge Judy' remain overall leaders; 'Modern Family' off to a good start

The ratings battle for the most popular syndicated talkshow is shaping up to be a tight one this fall, with a rising “Ellen” and “Live With Kelly & Michael” now within striking distance of “Dr Phil.”

For the first five weeks this fall, CBS TV Distribution’s “Dr. Phil Show” leads in households (2.9) and total viewers (3.75 million),  flat year-over-year in the former and down slightly in the latter. But making it a tighter race this fall is Disney-ABC Domestic Television’s “Live With Kelly & Michael” (2.7 in households, 3.49 million viewers overall), up 4% in both categories.

And Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” is third among talkshows (2.5 in households, 3.42 million viewers overall), up 4% and 9% respectively vs. last year at this point. DeGeneres, set to host the upcoming Oscars in March, has been delivering her largest daytime audiences ever in 2013.

“Ellen” is tied with NBCU Domestic TV Distribution’s “Maury” as the No. 1 talkshow in women 18-49 (1.3 rating), with “Dr. Phil” and “Live With Kelly & Michael” both at 1.1. And in women 25-54, “Ellen” is up 13% from last year to a 1.7 to move ahead of “Dr. Phil” (1.6) and “Live” (1.5).

The biggest gainers among the talkshows this fall are NBCU’s “Steve Harvey” (2.14 million, 1.6 in households) and Debmar-Mercury’s “Wendy Williams Show” (1.67 million, 1.3 in households), up 26% and 22% respectively in total viewers vs. last year.

Warner Bros. Domestic TV’s “The Big Bang Theory” remains the dominant half-hour in syndication, with a 5.7 household rating, a 3.0 in adults 18-49 and 8.84 million viewers overall — though it’s down from last year at this point of the season.

Twentieth TV’s “Modern Family” is off to a good start three weeks into its syndicated run, averaging a 4.1 in households, 2.5 in adults 18-49 and 6.23 million viewers overall. In women 18-34, its 3.1 rating is a bit ahead of “Big Bang” (2.9) and is the best of any syndicated program in any genre.

There hasn’t been much movement year-to-year in the rankings of the entertainment magazines. “Entertainment Tonight” remains on top (5.04 million viewers, 3.5 household rating), followed by “Inside Edition” (3.99 million, 2.8 in households) and “TMZ” (2.73 million, 1.9 in households).

The most popular syndicated programs overall remain gameshow “Judge Judy” in households (7.0) and “Wheel of Fortune” in total viewers (10.06 million).

(Sept. 9-Oct. 13)
                                                      Total viewers     Household rating
1.  Wheel of Fortune                       10.065 million             6.5
2.  Judge Judy                                       9.429 million             7.0
3.  Jeopardy                                          8.888 million             5.8
4.  The Big Bang Theory                   8.838 million             5.7
5.  Family Feud                                   6.474 million              4.4
6.  Modern Family                             6.227 million              4.1
7.  Two and a Half Men                    5.475 million             3.7
8.  Entertainment Tonight              5.037 million             3.5
9.  Family Guy                                     4.152 million             2.8
10.  Inside Edition                              3.986 million             2.8

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