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Election Coverage Stalls Daytime

Election Coverage Stalls Daytime

Review based on a national syndicated rating report for the week ending November 13, 2022.

Preemptions for President Biden’s November 9 press conference on the midterm elections and enormous increases in news channel viewing of the voting provided powerful competition and depressed daytime shows throughout the week in the session ending November 13.

For example, Hot Bench (season high 1.3, up 8% from the week before) was the sole established courtroom show able to break into positive territory. New judges Yodit Tewolde and Rachel Juarez just a week earlier joined Michael Corriero on the program, which is currently the No. 1 court show in original production and the number three daytime show overall, tying Dr. Phil.

Another one of the few bright spots was Karamo (new season high 0.4, up 33%), which was the only rookie talker recording rising ratings.  The growing newcomer had its most-watched week yet, delivering an average 554,000 viewers each day, up 50,000 from the prior week.

The talk shows were led for the 25th week in a row — including eight ties — by Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.6, steady).

Compared to the same week one year ago, by far the most improved shows in syndication were Drew Barrymore (0.8, up 60% from last year), which jumped from 11th place to being the fourth highest rated talker and Tamron Hall (0.7, up 17% from last year).

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