Daytime Ratings: 'Long Island Medium' Visit Pushes 'Katie' to Series High

2:27 PM PST 10/23/2012 by Alex Ben Block
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"Katie"

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Katie scored its strongest ratings performance since its premiere for the week ending Oct. 14, according to national syndicated ratings released on Tuesday.

The new talk show from Disney distribution starring Katie Couric averaged a 1.9 rating in total households, up 12 percent from the previous week. Katie was also up 10 percent in total viewers to about roughly 2.5 million each day and in the key demographic of women 25-54 (1.1 rating) -- both her best since the show debuted.

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The series hit a high note with 2.3 household rating on Oct. 14, when Couric interviewed TLC's Long Island Medium star, Theresa Caputo. Katie now ranks fifth among all talk shows and as the top performer of all new daytime entries.

The top talker, once again, was Dr. Phil -- even though his household rating of 2.8 was down seven percent from the prior week. Dr. Phil, from CBS Television Distribution, averaged 3.7 million viewers a day and was the number one in the key female demo, up seven percent from a year ago.

The second most-popular talk show was also from Disney, Live With Kelly & Michael, whose had a 2.6 household rating was steady with the prior week. Averaging 3.4 million viewers a day, the show is up roughly four percent from this time last year.

Dr. Oz, distributed by Sony, ranked third with a 2.4 household rating, up four percent form the prior week. That gave him an average of just over 3 million viewers a day. Dr. Oz was also the only one of the top five talk shows to show growth in households and the key demo from the prior week. Among women 25-54, Dr. Oz had a 1.3 rating, up eight percent form the prior week.

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show tied Dr. Oz in households with a 2.4 rating, but the show had a higher rating in the women 25-54 demo with a 1.5. She averaged 3.2 million viewers.

In fifth was Maury, from NBC Universal, with a 2.2 household rating and a solid 1.5 rating in the key female demo and an average of just over 3 million daily viewers.

Among the other freshmen talk shows, Steve Harvey continues to impress with a 1.3 household rating for the week, which was up three percent from the prior week. He had a 1.0 rating among the key demo, which was up 11 percent from the week before. He averaged about 1.8 million viewers a day.

The Jeff Probst show from CBS had perked up last week but dropped back down to a 0.7 household rating for the week, down 13 percent. He averaged about 944,000 viewers a day.

Ricki Lake, from Fox, continued to lag behind the pack, with a 0.7 rating, unchanged from the prior week. She averaged about 841,000 viewers a day.

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It was a good week for so-called conflict talkers, most of which come from NBC Universal. Not only was Maury up, but so were Jerry Springer (1.4 HH, up eight percent), Steve Wilkos (1.4 HH rating, up eight percent) and from a much lower base Trisha (0.5 rating, up 24 percent from the prior week).

Among entertainment magazine shows, TMZ was up six percent from the prior week in total households to a 1.9 rating, which marks an increase of 36 percent from the same week last year. TMZ had an average of about 2.7 million viewers each day.

Judge Judy remained the top-rated syndicated show with a 6.7 household rating, unchanged from the prior week. She averaged 9.2 million viewers a day, up three percent from last year.

The Big Bang Theory, from Warner’s, remained the top ranked off-network comedy in all of syndication with a 5.6 household rating and a 3.6 rating in the key demo. Big Bang averaged about 8.7 million viewers a day.

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