Excerpt from Broadcasting & Cable 3/7/02
Olympics snowed weekend syndies
By Joe Schlosser -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/7/2002 8:29:00 AM MT
The weekend shows in national syndication won't be taking home any medals for the month of February. Thanks to the Winter Olympic Games, weekend series were down across the board during February sweeps. Even with all of the pre-emptions and competition on NBC, Entertainment Tonight Weekend still managed to come out on top and dominate all of its syndication rivals during the sweeps. ET Weekend won its fifth straight sweeps period with a 3.8 national rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. ET Weekend was down 21 percent from last February, though.
Action series Andromeda placed second in the sweeps among all weekend shows, averaging a 3.0 rating, down 19 percent. The X-Files (down 26 percent) and Stargate SG-1 (down 7 percent) tied for third at a 2.8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the highest-rated new weekend series for the sweeps, averaging a 2.6. Fellow newcomers World's Wildest Police Videos and Mutant X averaged a 2.5. Next week, final national results for all other syndicated programs during the sweeps will be made available by Nielsen.
Excerpt from Broadcasting & Cable 4/25/02
Syndies show growth
By BroadCasting & Cable Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 4/25/2002 4:00:00 AM MT
Weekly syndicated hours flexed their muscle for the week ending April 14. Nine of the top 10 gained ground, with five of the nine showing double-digit growth. The biggest gainer in the top 10 was ET Weekend, up 30 percent to a 4.3. It was also the No. 1 weekly hour for the 19th straight week.
Other double-digit gainers were third-place Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, up 18 percent to a 2.6; eighth-place Mutant X, up 16 percent to a 2.2; and World's Wildest Police Videos, up 10 percent to a 2.2; and 10th place VIP, up 17 percent to a 2.1.
Excerpt from Broadcasting & Cable 9/8/02
The week that was: THE SYNDIE SCORECARD
By Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/8/2002 6:00:00 PM MT
The week ended Aug. 25 featured a late-summer heat wave, which drove more viewers indoors to their TVs, if syndicated viewing performances are any measure. All of the top six weekly hours were up or even with the week before, according to Nielsen numbers. The weekend version of Entertainment Tonight was No. 1 (for the 37th week in a row), up 7% to a 3.0. The X-Files was up 9% to a 2.5; Mutant X was up 26% to a 2.4, tied with The Practice, which was up 9%.
Excerpt from Broadcasting & Cable 10/24/02
Syndies enjoy rise in ratings
By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/24/2002 2:00:00 AM MT
Syndicated weekly hours got a decent ratings bump in the week ending Oct. 13, with the top seven weeklies up, according to Nielsen Media Research's national ratings. Paramount's No. 1 Entertainment Tonight Weekend hit its highest rating in 12 weeks with a 3.5, pushing the show up 17 percent from the previous week. ET Weekend has been No. 1 in weekly hours for 44 weeks in a row. In second place was Twentieth Television's The Practice, up 22 percent to a 2.8.
In third, Warner Bros.' ER rose 13 percent to a 2.6. Tribune Broadcasting's two science-fiction hours both hit ratings of 2.1, a 10 percent increase for Mutant X and a 5 percent rise for Andromeda.
Excerpt from Broadcasting & Cable 11/6/02
Cable news nets steal syndie auds
By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/6/2002 1:00:00 AM MT
Competition from cable news coverage of the capture of the Washington, D.C.-area snipers translated into lower ratings for all of the top-rated syndicated strips for the week ending Oct. 27, while driving up cable viewing by 71 percent.
Paramount's ET Weekend, which has hogged the No. 1 spot to itself for 46 consecutive weeks, was up 7 percent to a 3.2. Tribune Entertainment's Mutant X was up 19 percent to a new season high of 2.5. MGM/NBC Enterprises' Stargate SG1 increased 4 percent to a 2.4, also a season high.
Excerpt from Broadcasting & Cable 12/6/02
ET Weekend kicks up dust in sweeps
By Paige Albiniak -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/6/2002 1:00:00 AM MT
Results of the November sweeps for most syndicated shows won't be out until next week, but among the weekly hours, Paramount's Entertainment Tonight Weekend still reigns supreme, winning its third November sweep in a row. The show was the only one out of the top 12 in its genre that improved its performance over last November, averaging a 3.6 rating in households, a 3 percent increase. ET Weekend's performance was 38 percent higher than its closest competitor, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s/NBC's Stargate SG-1, which turned in a 2.6 for that week. In third place, Twentieth Television's The X-Files decreased 14 percnet to a 2.4, tying with Warner Bros.' ER, which dropped 4 percent.
Three shows tied for fifth at a 2.3, and all saw decreases from last year: Tribune Television's Mutant X lost 23 percent, Twentieth's Buffy the Vampire Slayer 18 percent and Twentieth's The Practice 15 percent.
Eighth place was also a three-way tie at a 2.1 with MGM/NBC Studios' rookie She Spies tying with Tribune's Andromeda, which plunged 32 percent. Last year, Andromeda was No. 2 in the genre.
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