Syndie rookies stay on top


The first-run newcomers to syndication all held steady in their second week, the seven-day frame ending Sept. 23, while "Family Guy" became the new off-net king.

The talker "The Steve Wilkos Show" averaged a 0.9 household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, while "The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet" pulled a 0.8 in its second week of national syndication, as did the game show "Merv Griffin's Crosswords" and court strip "Judge David Young."

"TMZ's" numbers are still being reprocessed, but preliminary ratings put it at a 1.9. Rookies "Jury Duty" and "Temptation" also are being reprocessed.

Meanwhile, off-net newcomer "Family Guy" was up 20% to a 4.2 (which included some cable runs), making it the No. 1 off-net comedy, ahead of "Everybody Loves Raymond" (3.7, down 3%), "Seinfeld" (3.5, up 6%) and fellow newcomer "Two and a Half Men" (3.3), whose first-week numbers are being reprocessed.

In other off-net debuts, the strip "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" earned a 1.3, weekly "Law & Order: SVU" drew a 2.1 and weekly "Cold Case" averaged a 1.9.