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Oprah Winfrey elbowed Jerry Springer out of the top spot among daytime yakkers in a sweeps week when Rosie O’Donnell and Montel Williams also posted double-digit gains, according to Nielsen’s latest national syndie ratings report.

For the week ended May 9, King World’s “Oprah Winfrey” inched up 2% from the previous week to average a 6.5 national Nielsen household rating. Studios USA’s “Jerry Springer” dipped 4% to a 6.4, but still had the edge in the key demo of women 18-49, scoring a 4.6 compared with Winfrey’s 4.3.

The force was with Warner Bros.’ “Rosie O’Donnell,” which climbed 17% in households (4.1) and 16% with femmes (2.9), fueled in part by her May 5 seg with George Lucas — a true stranger to the daytime talkshow circuit.

Paramount’s “Montel Williams” jumped 15% from week-to-week to a 3.8, while its femme demo soared 24% to a 2.6. Buena Vista TV’s “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee” upticked 3% to a 3.7, while its femme demo rose 6% to a 1.8.

Studios USA’s “Sally Jessy Raphael” was up 3% in households (3.5) and 5% with femmes (2.2). Columbia TriStar’s “Ricki Lake” was unchanged from the previous week at a 3.1 in households, while its demo slipped 4% to a 2.3.

Studios USA’s “Maury Povich” mustered a 3% gain to a 3.1 and a 5% demo hike to a 2.1. Warner Bros.’ “Jenny Jones” rounded out the talkshow pack with a 7% increase to a 3.0 in households, while its demo was flat at a 2.0.

Freshmen talkers flat

Among the season’s freshman talkers, Twentieth TV’s “Forgive or Forget” was flat from week-to-week in households (1.8) and lost 7% in the demo (1.4). Col TriStar’s “Donny & Marie” gained 15% in households (1.5) and 38% in the demo (1.1). King World’s “Roseanne” was flat in households (1.3), but up 17% in the demo (0.7).

In the courtshow arena, Worldvision’s “Judge Judy” showed some spunk after a couple of lackluster weeks, climbing 8% to a 7.1 in households and 16% in the adults 18-49 demo to a 2.9.

Worldvision’s “Judge Joe Brown” also upticked 10% in households (3.4) and 17% in the demo (1.4). Rysher Entertainment’s “Judge Mills Lane” eased 4% in households (2.6) and was flat in the adult demo (1.1).

Magazine shows were little changed from the previous week, although Par’s “Real TV” notched a 13% gain in the adult demo to a 1.7 on top of a 4% rise in households (2.9).