‘Doctors,’ ‘Wendy Williams’ Perform Well in Rookie Season

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcasting & Cable

The top rookie shows were solid performers in the last week of July syndication ratings, with CBS Television Distribution’s “The Doctors” leading the field for the 28th straight week. The talker was up 6% to a 1.7, its highest rating in seven weeks, and jumped 19% to a 1.9 for a repeat of a show on silent health threats on Aug. 5.

NBCU’s “Deal Or No Deal” was second, holding steady at a 1.4. In third place, Debmar-Mercury’s “Wendy Williams,” one of the few syndicated daytime shows not in repeats, was up 11% to a 1.0. Sony’s “Judge Karen” and Warner Bros.’ “Bonnie Hunt” were flat at a 0.8 and a 0.7 respectively.


For the sixth consecutive week, CTD’s “Judge Judy” beat “Oprah” for daytime leadership and had no trouble winning the court shows, despite being down 3%, to a 3.8. More…