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Is “Xena: Warrior Princess” losing some of its kick?

The Studios USA actioner got off to a slow start in the frame that overlaps the start of the May sweep (April 29-May 26), ranking seventh among syndie weeklies, according to Nielsen’s latest national syndie ratings report for the week ended May 2.

“Xena,” which usually places in the top three, earned a 3.3 household rating and a 1.8 in the adults 18-49 demographic for the week. Compared to this time last year, “Xena’s” household ratings are off by 30%.

Twentieth TV’s off-net “X-Files” held the top spot among weeklies, as usual, earning a 4.9 in households and a 3.2 in the demo. Paramount’s “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” upticked 2% from the previous week to a 4.2 in households, but its demo score fell 6% to a 2.9.

‘Walker’ wallops

Columbia TriStar’s off-net “Walker, Texas Ranger” jumped 21% in households (4.1) and 24% in the demo (2.1). Warner Bros.’ off-net “ER” inched up 3% in households (4.0) but soared 20% in the demo (2.4).

“Xena” companion “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” climbed 6% to a 3.5 in households, while its demo rose 6% to a 1.9. Twentieth’s “NYPD Blue” hiked 13% in households (3.4) and 29% in the demo (1.8).

Among the rookie firstrun weeklies, MGM’s “Stargate SG-1” edged out Col TriStar’s “V.I.P.” for the No. 1 crown. “Stargate” posted a 4% increase in households (2.7) and 7% gain in the demo (1.6). “V.I.P.” fell 14% from the previous week to a 2.5 in households, while its demo score dropped 12% to a 1.5.

In the Monday-Friday arena, Studios USA’s “Jerry Springer Show” led the talkshow field at the start of the sweep, climbing 2% from week-to-week in households (6.7) and 2% in the key daytime demo of women 18-49 (4.8). King World’s “Oprah Winfrey” also upticked 2% in households (6.4) and 5% in the femme demo (4.2).

‘Forgive’ hits high

Among the frosh yakkers, Twentieth TV’s “Forgive or Forget” opened the sweep by hitting its highest femme demo score yet with a 7% week-to-week hike to a 1.5, while its household number eased 5% to a 1.8.

On the other hand, King World’s “The Roseanne Show” slipped to its lowest household (1.3) and femme demo (0.6) ratings to date. Col TriStar’s “Donny & Marie” was flat from the previous week at a 1.3 in households and a 0.8 with femmes.

Gavelers, headed by chief justice “Judge Judy,” were little changed from the previous week. Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight” paced the magazine shows with a 5.6 in households and a 2.8 in the adult 18-49 demo.

On the gameshow front, King World’s “Hollywood Squares” upticked 3% in households (4.0) and 7% in the adult demo (1.6).