All Rise for the Court Shows
Review based on a national syndicated rating report for the week ending September 4, 2022.
Shrugging off the depressed PUT levels caused by early holiday weekend getaways, the three most supreme courtroom programs prospered in the pre-season session ending September 4.
Judge Judy (4.4 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 5% from the week before) led the legal field for the 1,354th straight week with more than 6.5-million daily viewers and ranked as syndication’s second highest show overall behind only top game Family Feud (4.9, down 6%).
Hot Bench (five-week high 1.3, up 8%) was the #2 gaveler as People’s Court (0.7, up 17%) took third.
Other gainers were few and far between. For example, only one of the 14 talk shows was able to break into positive territory: Kelly Clarkson (five-week high 0.8, up 14%). Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.4, steady) and Dr. Phil (1.4, steady) continued to be the loudest voices among talkers.
The only prime time access time strips on the upswing were Entertainment Tonight (1.9, up 6%) and Access Hollywood (0.7, up 17%).
National ratings for new talkers Jennifer Hudson and Sherri will not be available until September 27 however both had strong premieres Monday, September 12, in the country’s biggest market New York on WNYW. Jennifer (0.9 rating/5 share at 11am) more than doubled the station’s year-ago time period, bringing it up 125%. Sherri (1.1/5 on WNYW at 10am) outperformed the show it replaced (Wendy Williams) which occupied its slot last year, by 57%. Also making a splash in the top market was the season 4 premiere week of Tamron Hall (1.2/6 in New York, up 20% from last year), which began September 6 on WABC at 10am.