Review based on a national syndicated rating report for the week ending September 18, 2022.
The first week of the new season for most shows, the session ending September 18, featured Jeopardy (4.9 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 23% from the week before) regaining the game show and overall syndication lead.
Kelly Clarkson (0.9, up 29%) began its fourth season on a high note, taking sole possession of third place in talk. Right behind, Drew Barrymore (all-time high 0.8, up 100%), doubled its rating with its season opener and improved 60% from last year. Tamron Hall (0.7, up 17%) was also up sharply.
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.4, down 7%) remained the biggest talker for a 17th straight week, including ties. Dr. Phil (1.3, down 13%) was a close second.
The rookie leaders were Jennifer Hudson (premiere week 0.7) and the debut frame of Sherri (0.7). Hudson replaced Nick Cannon in many Fox markets and beat that show by 133%. Sherri outperformed Wendy Williams — the show it replaced — by 40%.
Also joining the talk show ranks was Karamo (primary run metered market average 0.3/1), which began September 19 with its first nationals coming next week. Its best performance in the top twenty markets came in Cleveland, where it cruised to a 0.9/5 and ran ahead of The Real — the show it replaced — by 80%.
Another rookie coming into view with an encouraging entrance was new game show Pictionary (premiere week 0.4). New court show entry We The People with Judge Lauren Lake opened at a 0.3, while true crime iCrime with Elizabeth Vargas captured a 0.5.
The top rated entertainment magazine of the week, which featured the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, was Entertainment Tonight (2.0, up 5%).