"Doctors" ties "Deal" in frosh syndie race

CBS Television’s new Doctors has tied NBC Universal’s Deal or No Deal in the first-run syndication race among new series, with both shows tying each other at 1.9. GAA rating.

Doctors was up 12 percent from last week; Deal was flat.

But Disney-ABC’s new weekly hour Legend of the Seeker beat them both, with a 2.1 rating, up 5 percent.

Meanwhile, another weekly Disney-ABC syndicated program is having a tougher go at it.

At the Movies with new co-hosts Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz are having a rough time since replacing longtime hosts Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper. Ratings have dropped 23 percent from last year to just 1.7 million viewers this season so far. Ratings are also down 25 percent in the adults 25-54 demo.

At the Movies continues to be shot at WLS-TV’s 190 North State Street studios here in Chicago.

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