'Meredith’ Has a Strong Start in Its First Week

Meredith Vieira

‘Hot Bench’ had heat while ‘Live with Kelly & Michael’ saw big ratings increases in its premiere week

The new daily talk show Meredith starring Meredith Vieira got off to a strong start on its first week, with an average 1.4 household rating and a five percent share of viewers.

That gave Meredith a 100 percent improvement over what was in the same time period in Los Angeles a  year earlier, and an 85 percent increase in New York City. She also did well elsewhere, winning the time period in Portland, Baltimore, Birmingham, Sacramento and Charlotte, among other cities.

For the week ending Sept. 7 (that included the Labor Day holiday), the national syndication ratings out Tuesday also showed a strong premiere week for Live With Kelly & Michael, which had a 2.7 household rating. That was 17 percent higher than the first week a year earlier.

That was good enough for Live to tie with Dr. Phil, which was in repeats. Dr. Phil opened his season on Sept. 9. He still had a strong 2.7 household rating for the week, up 13 percent from the same week one year earlier.

Dr. Phil still had the edge in the key demographic group that watches daytime TV, women 25 to 54 years if age. Dr. Phil had a 1.4 in that demo and Live had a 1.3 rating.

Rachel Ray cooked up some of her best numbers thanks to significant upgrades in the stations that air the show. She began her ninth season with an average household rating of 1.5 in metered markets, up 125 percent in Los Angeles, up 81 percent in Chicago and up 2,200 percent in Houston. 

Among shows that premiered Sept. 15, the new court show Hot Bench, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin had a 0.8 rating and 2 percent share of the audience on its first day. Another court show that debuted, Justice with Judge Mablean, had a 0.4 household rating and 1 percent share of the audience in metered markets.

The Real also debuted with a 0.9 rating and 3 percent audience share in metered markets. It underperformed its lead in by 40 percent and was down 10 percent compared to what was in the same time periods one year earlier.

The entertainment news shows were up on the news of the death of Joan Rivers. Perennial ratings leader Entertainment Tonight was up 7 percent to a 3.2 household rating, and Access Hollywood was up 23 percent to a 1.6 household rating. 

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