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'Blind Date' sees 20% climb; 'Elimidate' rose 21%

Without Wimbledon in the picture, most syndicated shows recovered during the week ending July 11.

The dating shows shined, improving steadily from already strong ratings of last week. Latenight love shows typically do well when schools let out and teen and college age viewers have more free time and keep later hours.

“Blind Date,” the dating show leader for the past 14 weeks, saw its highest rating in 2004. It climbed 20% from the week before to a 1.8 and rose 36% to a 1.5 in the key demo of women 18-34.

‘Elimidate’ elevated

“Elimidate,” in second place, was up 21% to a new season high of 1.7 and “Fifth Wheel,” which is not being renewed, matched its best ratings of the season, up 8% to a 1.3.

In fourth, “Extreme Dating,” also not renewed, grew 20% to a 1.2.

“Jeopardy” continued to roll, as contestant Ken Jennings won his 28th straight game as of Friday July 9. Gamer finished as the top show in syndication for the first time in years, after tying with “Wheel of Fortune” the prior week. This week it was up 6% to a season high of 8.4, while “Wheel” climbed 3% but dropped to second place with an 8.1.

“ET Tonight,” the No. 1 mag show, was up 7% to a 4.7. “Inside Edition,” in second, rose 17% to a 3.5. “Access Hollywood,” in third, climbed 20% to a 2.4, and right behind that “Extra” grew 15% to a 2.3. “Celebrity Justice” jumped 8% to a 1.3.

‘Raymond’ scores

After adding a TBS cable run, “Everybody Loves Raymond” tasted victory with its debut as the top off-net sitcom. Show was up 23% to a 5.8; in second place “Seinfeld” was unchanged at a 5.2, and “Friends” was down 2% to a 4.9.

“Montel Williams” showed off with the biggest percentage increase of any show in daytime, rebounding from a season low in the prior week. Yakker grew 25% to a 2.5, its highest rating in seven weeks, ranking it fifth among the talkshows.

Top talker “Oprah,” which also saw a season low the week before, ascended 10% to a 5.7, and “Dr. Phil,” in second place, was up 2% to a 4.1.

In the courtrooms, four of the top five were up; “Judge Judy,” the top rated, rose 7% to a 4.4. No. 2 gaveler “Judge Joe Brown” was up 6% to a 3.3; “Divorce Court and “People’s Court” tied for third with a 2.6; “Divorce Court” was unchanged; and “People Court” was up 18%. “Judge Greg Mathis” jumped 10% to a 2.3.

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