Syndies stung by time change, 9/11 hearings

Four weekly hour shows exceptions to sagging ratings

NEW YORK — In a week when the vast majority of syndicated shows were down due to the 9/11 commission hearings, the extra hour of daylight and the holidays, the top weekly hours excelled, led by Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight” weekend edition.

Overall, average syndication viewing declined by about 1.25 million households from the week before.

Last week’s stars, the courtroom shows, were all down, along with the top four talkshows, gameshows, magazine shows and off-net sitcoms.

Four weekly hour shows were the sole exception to the sagging syndie ratings.

“Entertainment Tonight” weekend was up 14% to a 3.3 rating, producing the show’s highest numbers in six weeks. Compared with last year at this time, the show was also up 14%.

Ratings were boosted in part by “Gilligan’s Island” alum Dawn Wells, who served as guest co-host on the show, which focused on classic TV series.

Sci fi series “Andromeda” was up 12% to 1.9, though it was down 14% from the year before.

“Access Hollywood” weekend was up 13% to 1.8 and ascended an impressive 38% in its year-to-year increase.

Off-net drama “The Practice” finished in second place with a 2.0 rating, but lost 9% from week-to-week as well as year-to-year.

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