The first week results for the new programs (and freshman off-network shows) in syndication are in the book:
|Morning Show- Mk-Jul||1.1/4||1.5/6||1.9/7|
|Two and a Half Men||2.0/4||2.3/4||2.0/4|
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Mediaweek
– Despite bad reviews, TMZ is tops among syndicated rookies and may get an even bigger boost – thanks to the website becoming the first to snare an audio tape featuring O.J. Simpson during a robbery attempt.
– Steve Wilkos is up 10 percent from his lead-in and is flat from year-ago time period rating and shares, which is a good start.
– The national rollout of Morning Show with Mike and Juliet is tied with Steve Wilkos for second place, but since the program is on opposite Regis & Kelly in most markets, it’s getting whacked (in Chicago, it has to face Regis & Kelly AND Oprah. Yikes!)
– The two new game shows are still struggling to find an audience.
– Judge David Young is flat all around. Could be better, could be worse.
– Two and a Half Men and Family Guy are both holding their lead-ins, which is a small victory for both shows. Let’s see what the national ratings bring.
– With some weak time slots (it’s on in overnight hours in New York), George Lopez isn’t exactly burning up the charts. But it’s holding it’s lead-in and year-ago time period rating.