Oprah is having one tough summer.
In the week ending July 18, CBS Television Distribution’s The Oprah Winfrey Show sunk to an all-time ratings low for the third time in five weeks, dropping 13% from the prior week to a 2.8 live plus same day household average, according to Nielsen Media Research. That almost moved Oprah out of syndie’s top-ten, tying for overall ninth place with CTD’s Inside Edition and reruns of the off-net hourCSI: New York. Compared to last year at this time, Oprah is down 20%.
That said, Oprah, which was in repeats all week except for Monday, remained the top talker for the 585th week in a row, according to CTD.
Meanwhile, the fortunes of access magazines rose while those of actor Mel Gibson fell, as recordings of him hurling profanities and threats at his ex-girlfriend spread across the Internet.
CTD’s Entertainment Tonight led the magazine race, gaining 3% to a 3.7. In second place, CTD’sInside Edition added 4% to a 2.8. NBCU’s Access Hollywood and Warner Bros.’ TMZ were unchanged at a 1.9 and 1.8, respectively. CTDs’ The Insider jumped 7% to a 1.6, tying Warner Bros.’Extra, which was flat.
Also in access, four of the five game shows were flat, with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud and Twentieth’s Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? all staying put at 5.8, 5.0, 1.5 and 1.2, respectively. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was the only game show to gain, moving up 5% to a 2.3.
Warner Bros.’ sitcom leader, Two and Half Men, hit its season low, dropping 2% to a 4.1. The rest of the field was mixed. Twentieth’s Family Guy grew 7% to a 3.1. CTD’s Everybody Loves Raymondrallied 3% to a 3.0. Sony’s Seinfeld stayed at a 2.5. Warner Bros.’ George Lopez lost 4% to a 2.4. Twentieth’s King of the Hill climbed 5% to a 2.3. Warner Bros.’ Friends added 5% to a 2.0. Debmar-Mercury’s House of Payne picked up 7% to a 1.5. CTD’s Frasier fell 7% to a 1.4. Sony’s King of Queens slid 7% to a new season low 1.3.
Among rookie off-net sitcoms, NBCU’s The Office was boss with a 2.5, down 4% in households but remaining syndication’s top show among women 18-34, tied with Twentieth’s Family Guy at a 2.4 in the demo. CTD’s Everybody Hates Chris and Twentieth’s My Name is Earl were each unchanged at a 1.6 and 1.5, respectively.
CTD’s Judge Judy was the daytime leader for the 16th time in 18 weeks, holding steady at a 4.3 and growing 16% from last year. Runner-up Judge Joe Brown eased 5% to a 2.0. Warner Bros.’ People’s Court also fell 5% to a 1.9. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis was unchanged at a 1.7. Twentieth’s Judge Alex gained 8% to a 1.4. Twentieth’s Divorce Court and Warner Bros.’ Judge Jeannine Pirro each were flat at a 1.3 and 1.1, respectively. Litton’s Street Court, which goes off the air this fall, jumped 20% to a 0.6.
The rest of talk was mostly flat or down. Disney-ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly was unchanged at a 2.3. NBC Universal’s Maury slipped 5% to a 2.1, tying Sony’s Dr. Oz, which was flat at a 2.1. CTD’sDr. Phil went from all-originals to all-repeats and fell 14% to a new season low 1.9. Warner Bros.’Ellen was unchanged at a 1.6. CTD’s The Doctors dipped 6% to a 1.5. CTD’s Rachael Ray, Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos all were flat at a 1.4, 1.4, 1.3, respectively. Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams ducked the trend and gained 10% to a 1.1. Warner Bros.’ Bonnie Hunt, nearing the end of its run, sank 14% to a 0.6. NBC U’s Martha, which moves to cable this fall, was unchanged at a 0.5.