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The Wendy Williams Show hit a new high in households (1.8) and a season high in the key demo of women 25 to 54 (1.2) in the nationally syndicated rankings released Tuesday for the week ending Oct. 19.
The household ratings number was a 14 percent increase over the prior week and 29 percent better than the same week one year ago, which means it was seen in over 2 million homes for only the second time in its five-year run. In women 25-54, it was up 9 percent over the prior week and 20 percent above a year earlier.
“The phenomenal growth we have seen in recent years,” said Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, co-presidents of the show’s syndicator Debmar-Mercury in a statement, “culminating with this season’s record national ratings and leap to the top of the women 25-54 demos in LPM markets, leads us to believe this program is poised for even greater success in the future.”
Williams program, which is also seen on BET and is syndicated to 52 countries worldwide, has been on a hot streak for the past year, which has continued this fall.
Debmar-Mercury was also crowing over the success of Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey. It had a new season high in households, with a 6.1, but even more impressively had a 3.0 in women 25-54, which tied with perennial syndication leader Judge Judy, which had a 6.9 household rating.
Overall the top rated talk show once again was Dr. Phil, which had a 3.2 household ratings, which was up 3 percent from the prior week, and a 16 in women 25-54, up 6 percent from the week before. That matched his season high, and was 7 percent above the same week last year.
The second-highest-rated talk show as Live with Kelly & Michael, which had a 2.8 household rating, up 4 percent over last year.
Ellen DeGeneres was third among talk shows, with a 2.6, up 8 percent over the prior week.
Other talk shows also had a good week. Steve Harvey had a 1.9 household rating, up 6 percent from the prior week; Steve Wilkos had a 1.5, up 7 percent (and 25 percent over last year); Rachael Ray had a 1.4, up 8 percent; and Queen Latifah had a 1.1, up 10 percent in households, which tied its best ratings of the season.
Entertainment Tonight led all entertainment magazines with a 3.3, up 3 percent over the prior week, while Access Hollywood had a 1.8, up 6 percent over the prior week.
Fox’s Dish Nation was the fifth-highest-rated entertainment magazine, with a 1.1 household rating, up 20 percent over the prior year. In adults 25-54, Dish National had a 0.7, which was up 40 percent year to year.
Oct. 28, 11:45 a.m. The household rating for Dish Nation was incorrectly stated in an earlier version of this article.
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