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‘Ellen’ Hits Series Highs With Giveaways

By | Tuesday December 24, 2013 @ 1:47pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jake-Gyllenhaal-EllenEllen‘s popular 12 Days Of Giveaway year-end stint is bringing record ratings this year. After matching its highest weekly household rating (3.0) and viewership (4.1 million) in three years during the week leading to the giveaway (Nov. 25-29), Ellen set a new viewership high the following week, Dec. 2 (3.0 HH rating, 4.2 million), which included the first two days of giveaway. Then the week of Dec. 9, which featured five days of giveaways, the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted show set records in both categories, averaging a 3.2 HH rating and 4.4 million total viewers. It finished neck and neck with the syndication talk show rating leader Dr. Phil (3.3). Celebrities visiting the show the week of Dec. 9 included Jake Gyllenhaal, Lea Michele and Tom Hanks. Ellen likely will match or set new high marks with the conclusion of the giveaway stint during the week of Dec. 16 when ratings are released next week.

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Young ‘Ellen’ Stars Sophia Grace & Rosie To Topline NBC Comedy & Feature Produced By Ellen DeGeneres

By | Friday October 11, 2013 @ 12:07pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sophie Grace Rosie Ellen TV SeriesEXCLUSIVE: Are these the next Olsen twins? Ellen standouts Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland, are getting their own primetime show, which will be executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres. It is part of the big plans DeGeneres’ company, A Very Good Production, has for the young cousins. It also is producing a direct-to-video feature toplined by the pint-sized stars who have emerged as one of the biggest ratings draws on DeGeneres’ talk show.

Sophia Grace, 10, and Rosie, 7, are set to star in a comedy series project that has been set up at NBC with a script commitment. A Very Good Prods is producing in association with Warner Bros TV, where the company is based, with DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman executive producing. Search is underway for a writer to hone in on a premise. In the movie, written by Erik Patterson & Jessica Scott and directed by Brian Levant, Sophia Grace and Rosie, playing versions of themselves, are sent to be correspondents at a royal coronation: one of three princesses is going to be chosen to lead the country. The two girls find themselves caught up in royal intrigue as they help the best candidate win the throne. Production on the film, done through Warner Bros’ home video division, starts next month. Read More »

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‘Dr. Phil’ Up In Premiere, ‘Arsenio’ & ‘Bethenny’ Dip In Day 2, ‘Ellen’ Still Tops

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The 12th season premiere of Dr. Phil, featuring an interview with the mother of Gia Allemand, drew a 2.7/8 household rating. That was up 17% from the show’s opener last fall. In Women 25-54, the veteran CBS Distribution talker logged a 1.2/8. Ellen was the top daytime syndicated talk show for a second straight day, posting a 2.9/8 in HH and 1.6/10 in W25-54, down slightly from its season premiere but still ahead of last September’s average as the talk show is yet to get a boost from lead-in Steve Harvey, which returns to originals next week. Live With Kelly & Michael was a close second with a 2.8/10 and 1.4/11. Katie (1.7/5, 0.7/4) was down 15% in HH and 36% in W 25-54 from its second season debut on Monday.

Of the newcomers, Bethenny (0.8/3, 0.5/4) was off by a tenth in each category from its so-so premiere. CBS/Tribune’s late-night talker, The Arsenio Hall Show, cooled off after a hot debut with a 1.5 HH rating, down 21% from Monday but still 50% above the time period’s average last fall. The show was affected by President Barack Obama’s primetime address, which pushed the start of Arsenio in several markets. As insiders predicted, The Test is proving sturdy, keeping steady at a 0.7 HH rating.

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Soft Start For ‘Bethenny’ As ‘Ellen’ Tops All Syndicated Talk Show Premieres

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 11:28am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: The bulk of syndicated daytime talk show premiered yesterday, including one of two new talkers, Warner Bros’ Bethenny, which debuted nationwide after a test on several Fox stations in summer 2012. Bethenny, hosted by Bethenny Frankel, opened with a 0.9/3 in households and 0.6/4 in women 25-54. That was in line with the debuts of the two new talk shows last fall that didn’t make it to second season: Jeff Probst (1.0, 0.7) and Ricki Lake (0.8, 0.4). The bright spot for Bethenny was its demo performance, which was up double digits from its lead-in and the time period’s average last September, while the show was down in households. But there was good news for Warner Bros as its other talker Ellen, whose host Ellen DeGeneres also produces Bethenny, topped all syndication talker openers for a second year in a row. Ellen drew a 3.1/8 in households and 1.8/11 in women 25-54. That was up a tenth from last fall’s premiere in HH and down 18% from last year’s all-time high season opener in women 25-54. Compared with last September’s and May’s averages, Ellen was up by double-digits. Katie entered Season 2 with a 2.0/6 in HH and 1.1/7 in women 25-54. That was down 29% in HH and 31% in women 25-54 from the series’ big series premiere last fall but still good enough for second place among the talk show openers in the demo behind Ellen. Dr. Phil (1.8, 0.7) was No. 2 in households with a rerun because of CBS’ US Open coverage and will launch its new season today. Dr. Oz (1.3, 0.6) was down from last year as was The Doctors (0.9, 0.4). Holdover Kelly & Michael (3.0, 1.2), which opened its new season last week, finished neck and neck with Ellen in HH. Read More »

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‘Ellen’ Tops All Syndicated Talk Shows Last Week, ‘Katie’ Leads Newcomers

By | Monday September 17, 2012 @ 1:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show won bragging rights for the official fall syndication premiere week. Ellen averaged a 2.9 household rating/8 share and a 1.8/11 in women 25-54 in the metered markets, improving on its September 2011 average by a big 45% in households and 64% in women 25-54, in part thanks to a stronger lead-in on the NBC stations from newbie Steve Harvey. Ellen also was pretty steady through the week, starting with a 3.1 HH rating for its 10th-season premiere and finishing with a 2.9 on Friday. Read More »

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‘Katie’ Stabilizes; ‘Ellen’ & ‘Live!’ Still Lead

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 11:43am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a 18% drop in its first post-premiere airing, Katie stopped the erosion in its third outing yesterday (2.3/7 in metered markets households). The show matched its Tuesday household rating. Ellen (2.8/8) and Live! With Kelly And Michael (2.8/10) were once again tied for No. 1 in households, followed by Dr. Phil (2.5/7, up a tenth from its Tuesday season premiere), Katie and Dr. Oz (2.2/6). Of the new shows, Steve Harvey (1.4/4) was once again No. 2, even with Tuesday, ahead of sophomore Anderson Live! (1.3/4). Jeff Probst (0.8/3) and Ricki Lake (0.7/2) once again battled it out for last place, with Jeff Probst inching up a tenth from Tuesday to finish second to last.

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‘Katie’ Ties Highest-Rated Daytime Talker Debut In 10 Years, ‘Ellen’ Tops All Premieres

By | Tuesday September 11, 2012 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 12 PM: The numbers for all of yesterday’s daytime syndicated talk shows are in. Not surprisingly, the 10th-season premiere of Ellen featuring guests Patrick Dempsey, Pink and the Fierce Five, came up on top with a 3.0 household rating/8 share in the metered markets, 50% time period improvement vs. last year, and a 2.2/12 in women 25-54, the highest-ever demo number for an Ellen season premiere. Kelly & Michael (2.9 HH, 1.7 W25-54) was second, followed by the fourth-season premiere of Dr. Oz (2.8, 1.6) and Katie (2.8, 1.6). Dr. Oz was No. 1 in cumed household ratings. Ricki Lake (0.8, 0.4) was dead last among all new and returning talk shows, with Jeff Probst (1.0, 0.7) doing only a little better. Yesterday’s rankings should carry an asterisk as top talk show Dr. Phil was a repeat and will launch its new season today.

PREVIOUS 8 AM: Katie Couric‘s new syndicated talk show Katie got off to a strong start yesterday with a 2.8 household rating/8 share in the 56 U.S. metered markets to lead the pack of new daytime talk shows by a large margin. It equaled the highest daytime talk show opener in the last decade, Rachael Ray, in 2006 (2.8), the best premiere since Dr. Phil‘s 5.2 rating in September 2002. Katie, which featured guest Jessica Simpson, built on its lead-in by 12% and improved its time period year-to-year by 22%. (The show replaced soap General Hospital in about half of the country, with the soap now serving as its lead-in.)

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It Wasn’t Tennis: ‘Anderson’ Doesn’t Get Second-Day Bump, ‘Dr. Phil’ Debuts No. 1

Nellie Andreeva

When new syndicated talk show Anderson debuted with a so-so 1.1 household rating on Monday, the producers called the rating atypical, claiming it was depressed because the show had to face the U.S. Open men’s tennis final in major markets, including New York. But on Day 2, Anderson Cooper’s talk show didn’t get a bump, drawing the same 1.1 household. It had a small uptick in the women 25-54 demo, from a 0.6 to a 0.7 rating. Meanwhile, the premiere of veteran talker Dr. Phil, which was pushed to Tuesday due to U.S. Open-related pre-emptions on the CBS stations, posted a 4.6 household rating for its exclusive interview with the parents of Casey Anthony. It was Dr. Phil‘s highest-rated season premiere in 7 years, up 92% from last season’s opener. Dr. Phil led the syndicated talk show pack yesterday, including Regis & Kelly (2.7/10), Dr. Oz (2.5/7), Ellen (2.3/6) and Maury (1.6/5).

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‘Anderson’ Starts Slow, Impacted By Tennis

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 11:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Telepictures’ new syndicated talk show Anderson had a rough start yesterday, drawing a 1.1 household rating, 0.6 in women 25-54. However, the talker starring Anderson Cooper faced CBS Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Open men’s tennis final in several major markets, including New York, San Francisco, and Boston. Facing massive pre-emptions on the CBS stations for tennis coverage, veteran talk show Dr. Phil moved its season premiere featuring Casey Anthony’s parents from yesterday to today.

Live With Regis & Kelly and Ellen led the talk-show ratings yesterday with Regis & Kelly (2.9 HH, 1.4 W25-54) topping the chart in households and Ellen (2.6 HH, 1.5 W25-54) in the female demo. Ellen averaged a 4.1/11 HH rating/share in the eight markets where it replaced Oprah, holding onto the Oprah time-period share. Dr. Oz, which succeeded Oprah in most markets, 80+, was up double digits from last fall’s premiere. In the top market where it replaced Oprah, LA, the show drew a 4.1 HH rating, 1.3 in W25-54. Here are the syndicated talk show ratings for yesterday: Read More »

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