In a quiet stretch heading into the upcoming May sweep week, national syndication ratings flatlined during April 19-25.
The only strip in syndication to increase more than 15% for the week was rookie show “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” Talkshow jumped 22% to a 1.1 household rating, fueled by an April 22 Barry Manilow appearance in which the singer dueted with ousted “American Idol” competitor Jennifer Hudson.
“Seacrest” saw a 29% increase among women 18-34 and secured a .9 rating in that demo.
His was the only rookie program for the week to show improvement, with all others either plateauing or dropping.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was the top-rated rookie talker for the 25th week in a row, with a 1.8 rating, breaking even with the prior week.
Newcomer “Starting Over” held steady with a 1.1, tying Seacrest.
Both “The Sharon Osbourne Show,” a strip not expected to return next season, and “Living It Up! With Ali & Jack,” which has been formally canceled, were flat at a 1.0. each
Talking it up
“Live With Regis and Kelly” was the only talkshow that increased week to week, up 3% to a 3.5 rating and coming in third place.
Among all the talkshows, two were up, three were down and 10 were unchanged.
“Oprah Winfrey” was down 4% to a 6.6, and runner-up “Dr. Phil” was steady at a 5.1.
Among the daytime courtshows, “Judge Joe Brown” was up for the third week in the past four weeks after recently getting a second run in L.A. and nabbing upgrades in Cleveland and Cincinnati. For the week, it gained 3% for a second-place 3.6 rating.
The only courtshow higher than “Judge Brown” was “Judge Judy,” which was down a slight 2% to a 4.8.
There was some action among the latenight relationship strips. “Blind Date” was No. 1 for the fourth straight week, up 7% to 1.5. “Elimidate” was unchanged at 1.3, and right behind it at 1.2 was “Fifth Wheel,” which was up 9%, followed by “Extreme Dating” at a 1.0.
Latter has reportedly been canceled, though there has been no confirmation by Twentieth TV.