'Rachael Ray' still top chef in syndie strips

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Syndicated talk show "Rachael Ray" remained the top rookie strip despite showing a week-over-week decrease, while "CSI: Miami" again led the weekend newcomers during the week ending Oct. 8.

"Rachael Ray" dropped 5% for the seven-day frame to average a 2.0 household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, during a week that saw several pre-emptions thanks to Major League Baseball playoffs.

Among all newcomers, "The Megan Mullally Show" was the only strip to post an increase over the previous week. The talker jumped 13% to a 0.9.

Fellow freshman talker "The Dr. Keith Ablow Show" fell 10% to tie with "Megan" at a 0.9, while "The Greg Behrendt Show" was flat at a 0.8.

Newsmagazine "Geraldo at Large" decreased 13% to average a 1.4.

The rookie court strips held steady from the previous week, with "Cristina's Court" averaging a 1.3 and "Judge Maria Lopez" at a 0.8.

Among the off-net newcomers, "According to Jim" led the strips with a 1.7, flat with the previous week. "Scrubs" fell 6% to a 1.5. "Still Standing" (1.4) and "One on One" (0.8) held steady from the previous week.

In weekend broadcast syndication, off-net newcomer "CSI: Miami" jumped 5% to average a 4.6, keeping its ranking as the No. 1 weekly hour drama.

Among the other weekly rookies, "Without a Trace" held steady at a 2.7, while "American Idol Rewind" dropped 4% to a 2.6. "The Shield" (1.6) improved 7%, "Star Trek" (1.2) was down 8%, and "Masterminds" (0.6) jumped 20%. Poker show "Hip-Hop Hold'em" averaged a 0.2 in 46% of the U.S. in its syndication debut.

Among the veterans, game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" posted the highest year-over-year increase of all first-run strips with an 11% jump to a 3.1, rising 3% from the previous week.

Among the genre leaders, game show "Wheel of Fortune" (7.9) was up 1% from the previous week and down 1% year-over-year, talker "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (6.7) rose 5% week-over-week but fell 6% on the year, and court show "Judge Judy" (4.2) dropped 2% on the week and 7% on the year.

Meanwhile, the newsmagazine genre continues to show year-over-year growth, with top-rated "Entertainment Tonight" (5.1) flat week-to-week but up 2% year-over-year, "Inside Edition" (3.5) up 3% on the week and 9% on the year and "Access Hollywood" (2.6) flat week-to-week but up 4% from the same period a year ago.
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