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The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday week was good for syndication as many shows hit new season highs.

During the week ending Jan. 21, the newsmagazines also got a boost from their coverage of the Golden Globes ceremony, which took place Jan. 15, on the holiday.

"Access Hollywood" scored its best household rating in nearly three years, averaging a 3.2, according to Nielsen Media Research. The show also posted the most week-to-week and year-to-year growth among all of the magazines, jumping 10% from the previous week and 19% from the same week a year ago.

The other magazines also performed well during the week, with three others also hitting or maintaining season highs. "Entertainment Tonight" hit a new season high with a 5.9, up 4% on the week and up 7% on the year; "Inside Edition: notched a season-high 3.7, up 6% from a week ago; and "The Insider" remained at its season high of 2.8, flat compared with the previous week.

Meanwhile, "Extra" held steady at a 2.3, and the departing newsmagazine "Geraldo at Large," in its second-to-last week on the air, rose 13% to a 1.7, tying its best rating ever.

Two talkers also hit new season highs, with "Live With Regis and Kelly" jumping 6% on the week and the year to a 3.8 and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" rising 13% on the week and 4% on the year to a 2.6.

Almost all of the other talkers showed week-to-week growth, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (7.2, up 14%, the biggest gainer in the genre), "Dr. Phil" (5.4, up 8%), "Maury" (2.5, up 9%), "The Montel Williams Show" (1.9, up 12%), "The Jerry Springer Show" (1.8, up 6%) and "Martha" (1.5, up 7%). "The Tyra Banks Show" (1.5) held steady week-to-week, as did rookie "Rachael Ray" (2.3), which maintained its season-high average rating.

Court show "Judge Joe Brown" also hit a new season high with a 3.2, jumping 7% from the previous week. Most of the other court shows held steady from the previous week, including "Judge Judy" (5.0, maintaining its season high), "Judge Mathis" (2.6), "Divorce Court" (2.2) and "Judge Alex" (2.1). "The People's Court" (2.9) was up 4%, while "Judge Hatchett" (1.5) jumped 15%. None of the court shows posted a year-to-year increase.

Three of the game shows hit new season highs: "Jeopardy!" (7.3, up 4% from the previous week), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (3.7, up 3% on the week and the year -- the only game show up year-to-year) and "Family Feud" (2.1, up 11% on the week). "Wheel of Fortune," the top-rated show in syndication, averaged a 9.0, up 2%.
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