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The majority of syndicated shows achieved slightly higher ratings during the week ending Feb. 21, which included the third full week of the sweep and the second full week of the Olympic Games. However, most strips were down substantially year to year.

Skein with the biggest percentage increase in all of firstrun syndication was “The Tyra Banks Show,” which was up 12% to a 1.9, equaling its best household rating ever and scoring its best rating yet with women 18-49 (1.5) and women 25-54 (1.4).

“Tyra” beat her fellow talk rookie “The Martha Stewart Show” for the first time in household ratings since the week of Dec. 26. “Martha” went unchanged at a 1.8.

Top talker “Oprah” was the only one of the 11 talkers to decline, although only slightly. “Oprah” was down 1% to a 6.8. No. 2 talker “Dr. Phil” was flat at a 5.3 while “Live With Regis and Kelly” was up 3% to a 3.7.

“Maury” was up 7% to a 3.1, and rounding out the top five talkers was “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which tied its all-time series high, gaining 8% to reach 2.7.

Meanwhile, “Oprah,” “Dr. Phil” and “Maury” suffered double-digit losses year to year. “Oprah” and “Dr. Phil” each were down 20% from last year while “Maury” was off 11%. “Ellen” was the only talker that was up from last year, gaining 4%.

Among the courtshows, “Judge Judy” was down 2% to a 4.7 while “Judge Joe Brown” was up 3% to a 3.2. Also up 3% was “People’s Court” to a 3.0 while “Divorce Court” went unchanged at a 2.8.

Compared with last year at this time, “Judy” was down 13%, “Joe” was down 16%, “People’s Court” was even, and “Divorce Court” declined 10%.

Rookie gaveler “Judge Alex” was unchanged at a 2.3.

Elsewhere in firstrun, “The Insider” was the only magazine show to increase week to week and year to year, gaining 3% in both week and year to a 3.0 despite being preempted in five metered markets.

The No. 1 magazine skein, “Entertainment Tonight” went unchanged at a 5.4. Also unchanged was “Inside Edition,” at a 3.6.

In fourth place was “Access Hollywood,” unchanged at 2.3.

Also of note on the magazine front was the ratings battle among the entertainment mags for post-day Oscar coverage on Monday night of the current week. “Entertainment Tonight” took the top ratings, averaging a 6.8/11 for its primary runs in 56 metered markets, nearly double the rating of its closest competitor, “Access Hollywood,” which earned a 3.5/7 in 53 metered markets.

Among the gameshows, “Wheel of Fortune” was up 1% to an 8.8, while “Jeopardy” was down 1% to a 6.9, and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was up 3% to a 3.2. However, all three gameshows were off from last year by double digits.