Regis bows with lively rating

Places second beyond Oprah among talkers

Kathie Lee who?

One of the biggest surprises amid the most recent batch of national household syndie ratings is the boost that the season preem of “Live With Regis” earned week-to-week and year-to-year.

Skein, which continues to feature guest hosts as it searches to replace longtime co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, who stepped down from the show this summer, earned a 3.9 rating for the week that ended Sept. 10, according to Nielsen. That’s up 22% from the previous week and up 30% from the same week last year.

During that week, Regis Philbin hosted solo on Monday, and was accompanied Tuesday through Thursday by Dolly Parton and by his wife, Joy Philbin, on Friday.

“Live’s” ratings perf placed it second among syndie talkers behind “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” whose season preem earned a 5.8, a 5% improvement over the previous week and a 3% dip from the previous year.

“The Jerry Springer Show” and “Maury,” both of which have yet to start their new seasons, tied for third, at 3.5.

“Rosie O’Donnell’s” season preem earned a 3.2, moving up 23% from the previous week while slipping 6% from last year.

“Montel Williams” and “Sally Jessy Raphael,” which haven’t yet debuted their new seasons, earned a 3.1 and 2.7, respectively.

The debut of “Ricki Lake’s” seventh year was its lowest season premiere since its first in 1993, turning in a 2.2, dipping 15% from the prior week and dipping 8% from the previous year. The preem of “Jenny Jones” also dipped from the previous week and year, 16% and 9%, respectively, to a 2.1.

“Martha Stewart Living’s” season preem was even with the prior week and year at 1.3.

“Queen Latifah,” which has not started its sophomore season, earned a 1.2.

Court in session

Several court shows have yet to start their new runs. “Judge Judy” led the pack as usual, with a 6.0, followed by “Judge Joe Brown,” at 3.5.

“Divorce Court,” in the second week of its second season, was next, with a 3.2. “Judge Mathis” earned a 2.6, and “The People’s Court’s” season preem earned a 2.3.

Newcomer “Power of Attorney” in its second week moved up 5% to a 2.2. “Judge Mills Lane” earned a 1.8.

Among the mags, the race between “Extra” and “Inside Edition” was the closest it’s been since September 1999.

“Extra” — in its first week of the new season, with Leeza Gibbons hosting — earned a 2.9, which is 15% off from the previous week and even with the prior year. “Inside Edition” was a tenth behind “Extra” at 2.8 with its season preem, which was down 3% from the previous week and even with the prior year.

“Entertainment Tonight” led the group with a 5.4. “Access Holly-wood’s” season preem earned a 2.2, which was up 5% from both the prior week and year. “National Enquirer TV” earned a 1.5.

No major weeklies preemed during the week ended Sept. 10; however, the top two gamers, “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” did.

“Wheel was up 2% from the previous week and even with last year at 9.5, and “Jeopardy” was down 4% week-to-week and down 8% year-to-year to a 7.4.

In its fourth week, the new latenight weekly “Cindy Margolis” was down 15% from the previous week to 1.1.

Meanwhile, game revival “To Tell the Truth” debuted this week, earning a weighted metered market average 1.1 rating/4 share on both Monday and Tuesday according to Nielsen. Skein’s share perf was even with its lead-in and down 20% for the time period’s share a year ago.

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