Smooth sailing for syndies


Syndicated shows "TMZ" and "The Steve Wilkos Show" held steady in their second day on the air.

Entertainment newsmagazine "TMZ" continued to top all first-run newcomers, earning a weighted average of a 2.0 household rating/4 share for its primary runs in 56 metered markets Tuesday, the same as its Monday premiere, according to Nielsen Media Research. For all runs, the strip grew 7% on Tuesday (1.6/4) from Monday's 1.5/4.

Hourlong talker "Wilkos" also was flat in 49 markets with Monday's 1.1/4 and again was the only new first-run strip to show improvement over its lead-in average over the two days (1.0/3), up 10%.

Court show "Judge David Young," in 51 markets, also was on par with Monday, averaging a 0.9/3 on both days.

Both of the new game shows were down from Day 1. "Merv Griffin's Crosswords" averaged a 0.8/2 in 53 markets, down 11% from Monday's 0.9/2, while "Temptation" averaged a 0.5/2 in 44 markets, off 17% (0.6/2).

Among the new off-net sitcoms, "Two and a Half Men" (2.1/4 average in 55 markets) grew 5% from Monday (2.0/4); "Family Guy" (1.8/4 in 55 markets) fell by 5% (1.9/4); and "George Lopez" (0.8/2 in 49 markets) was flat.
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