When "The Big Bang Theory" premiered on CBS, it was more like a quiet pop.
CBS Television Distribution's "Rachael Ray," a mediocre ratings performer as syndicated talkshows go, last week was renewed through two more years, extending the program's run through season eight.
Dark days and cold nights bring Christmas ratings gifts to syndication, particularly in the access hour, with offnet sitcoms and evening gameshows benefiting from bigger TV audiences in the evening.
Regis Philbin's final week on Disney-ABC's "Live! With Regis and Kelly" -- the syndicated series Philbin co-hosted for nearly 30 years -- was ratings gold for one of the talkiest of talkshows.
Two months into daytime's first season without "Oprah," "Dr. Phil" is the new king of talk.
When Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Nov. 7, ratings spiked for all six of syndication's entertainment magazines.
Tyler Perry's fans have long watched the writer/producer/director/actor pull a dress over his 6-foot-5 frame and perform as Madea, the grandmother with her fair share of opinions.
Tyler Perry's empire began with one simple play, "I Know That I've Been Changed." The legit production took him six years and his life savings, twice, to stage.
Warner Bros.' long-running entertainment magazine, "Extra," appears to be having an extra-good season.
It looks like NBCUniversal's trio of conflict-talkers -- "Maury," "Jerry Springer" and "Steve Wilkos" -- has nothing to worry about; new syndicated fall entries in the category, Tribune's "Bill…