Most syndicated shows were down or flat in the week ended Dec. 10, the first frame after the advertising and promotion of November sweeps dried up.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Jerry Springer Show” were the only yakkers out of the 13 up week to week. “Ellen” scored its highest ratings in eight months, gaining 4% to a 2.4 and moving ahead of “The Maury Povich Show” at a 2.3 for the first time since the week of Sept. 11. “Springer” was up 6% to a 1.7.
Only three talkers, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Dr. Phil Show” and “Live With Regis and Kelly,” ranked higher than “Ellen.”
Top talkshow “Oprah” saw the biggest decline in the category, losing 14% to a 6.5. “Dr. Phil” dipped 7% to a 5.2 and “Regis and Kelly” was down 5% to a 3.5.
While all the talkers were down year to year, mostly by double digits, “Dr. Phil” declined the least, slipping only 2%.
In rookie action “The Rachael Ray Show” made it a dozen weeks as the runaway leader among newcomers with a 2.2, even with the prior week. Skein opened up a triple-digit lead over its nearest frosh talker rival.
“The Dr. Keith Ablow Show” was a distant second with a 1.1, unchanged from the week prior.
“The Megan Mullally Show” took over sole possession of third place for the first time since the week ended Oct. 9 with a 0.9, unchanged week to week, while “The Greg Behrendt Show” fell 11% to a 0.8.
While none of the magazines were up week to week, leader “Entertainment Tonight” was the only show in the genre up over last year, growing 4% to a 5.4.
“Wheel of Fortune” topped the gameshows with an 8.8, down 4%.
Third place “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was the only gamer up from last year, gaining 9% for the year and 6% for the week to a new season high 3.6.
All of the courtshows were down or flat week to week, and all lost ground from last year. Top gaveler “Judge Judy” was unchanged at a 4.8 and was down 2% from the year prior followed by “Judge Joe Brown,” which was down 6% to a 2.9 and off 15% year to year.