Review based on a national syndicated rating report for the week ending October 13.
Despite breaking news coverage of the California wildfires, which caused some programs to be preempted and a massive intentional power cut in certain West Coast markets, The Kelly Clarkson Show (three-week high 1.4 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 8% from the week before) and Tamron Hall (1.0, steady) continued to clobber all of the season’s new strips by widening margins in the session ending October 13.
“Clarkson” was syndicated television’s clear No. 1 newcomer, pulling in more than 1.8-million viewers on average each day.
“Hall” was also sharp, holding its season high ratings and snaring over 1,200,000 daily viewers. A third talk newcomer, Mel Robbins (0.4, up 33%) was far behind the top two averaging just under 500,000 viewers.
The freshman court show competition was no contest as Jerry Springer’s Judge Jerry (0.9, down 10%) presided over the new gavelers for the fourth consecutive week. Personal Injury Court (0.5, up 25%) and Protection Court (0.3, unchanged) followed.
Among the new game shows 25 Words or Less (0.9, unchanged) and America Says (new season high 0.7, up 17%) were not far apart.
Turning to the established programs Dr. Phil (new season high 2.4, up 4%) finished first in talk for the 162nd straight week.
Live with Kelly and Ryan (new season high 2.1, up 5%) kept pace and was the second highest talker for the 33rd week in a row.
Ellen DeGeneres (1.8, up 6%) took third place, followed by the aforementioned brand new Kelly Clarkson (1.4, up 8%) and veteran Wendy Williams (new season high 1.3, up 8%).
In access, the hottest percentage gainers among magazines were Extra (new season high 1.0, up 11%) and Daily Mail TV (new season high 0.9, up 13%), both of which had their strongest showing since the week of September 2.
First-run’s full season ratings champ of the past decade Judge Judy (6.3, down 2%) dominated the Nielsen chart, easily outperforming all shows for the 11th consecutive week.