Review based on a national syndicated rating report for the week ending June 9.
The Holzhauer era may have come to an end, but an astronomical 9.0 single day rating June 3 for the phenom contestant’s shocking finale gave Jeopardy! (full week 6.8 average live plus same day national Nielsen rating, down 14% from the week before) enough of a boost to finish first among the game shows for the 10th week in a row in the session ending June 9.
Holzhauer seemed all but certain to win his 33rd straight game and break Ken Jennings’ all-time cash-winning record of $2.52-million, but lost in a thriller to librarian Emma Boettcher, winding up with $2.46-million.
Family Feud (6.1, steady) closed the gap on “Jeopardy!” and took second place in the quiz and give-away category. Wheel of Fortune(5.7, down 3%) and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1.5, unchanged) followed.
In daytime, shows found tough sledding due to preemptions for French Open Tennis and President Trump’s London press conference as well as competition from the Women’s World Cup.
Holding its own despite being partially in reruns was May sweep champion Judge Judy (6.5, steady), which by a wide margin currently ranks as syndication’s highest rated show of the season.
Dr. Phil (2.4, steady) was completely in repeats but continued to lead the talk shows for the 144th week in a row in the household ratings.
Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.1, steady) was the second highest of the group for the 15th consecutive week, again beating Ellen DeGeneres (1.9, up 12%).
Rounding out the top five of the 14 talkers were Maury (new season low 1.2, down 8%) and Steve Harvey’s Steve (1.1), which was rock solid even though it offered reruns for a portion of the week.
Inside Edition (2.7, up 4%) was the only magazine to gain week to week, as the newsmags faced stiff competition from the basketball championships and the Stanley Cup finals. TMZ (1.2) and Access (1.1) were the only shows in the top seven able to hold all of their ground and avoid any household rating declines compared to last year.
Dateline (1.3, steady) retained all of its previous session’s sharp 30% increase and finished first in the true crime genre for the 39th week in a row.
On the rookie front, week one of a three-week test run for talk show wannabe RuPaul (0.5/1 weighted metered market average, down 17% from both lead-ins and year-ago time periods) bowed on select Fox stations in seven markets.