Syndie 'Judy' shows punch in slow week

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The summer doldrums set in among the syndicated shows during the week ending June 24, though a handful of programs did manage to see ratings increases.

During the week, which included the first day of summer, nearly all syndicated shows were in repeats.

Among those managing to see week-over-week increases were the top-rated court show "Judge Judy," which was up 7% to a 4.7 household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. The strip also ranked No. 3 among all syndicated programming for the first time since May 2001. "Judy" also was up 4% compared with the same week a year ago.

Elsewhere in the court genre, "Judge Joe Brown" was flat from the previous week with a 2.8, "The People's Court" was up 4% to a 2.6, and "Judge Mathis" increased 5% to a 2.3. The latter also was up 5% year-over-year.

Among the talk shows, top-ranked "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (4.4) and "Dr. Phil" (3.9) were down by 10% and 7%, respectively, though it marks the first time in more than four years that any talker has come as close to "Oprah's" ratings. ("Dr. Phil" accomplished the same feat in February 2003.)

Rounding out the top five talkers were "Live With Regis and Kelly" (3.0, even with the previous week), "Maury" (2.1, also flat) and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (1.8, down 5% from the previous week). "Montel Williams" was the only national talker to grow week-over-week, rising 7% to a 1.5.

In the metered markets, "The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet" also showed growth. The talker grew 8% from the previous week, averaging a 1.3 rating/4 share in 30 metered markets. That was the highest rating for the show, which has its national rollout in September, in 11 weeks.

"Live" and "Ellen" also were the only two talk shows up from the same week in 2006, increasing 3% and 6%, respectively.

Three of the four game shows also showed improvement, with "Wheel of Fortune" (6.6) up 2%, "Jeopardy!" (5.5) up 6% and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (3.0) up 3%. "Family Feud" (1.7) was off 6%.
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