Steve Harvey killed it in syndicated ratings for the week ending January 24, with a little help by a dissed Miss Universe and her first runner-up who appeared on Harvey’s talker Steve Harvey. Harvey-hosted Family Feud also hit its highest national household and demo ratings since the advent of People’s Meters in 1987 (7.5 rating, up 7% from the week before). Talker Steve Harvey scored the best ratings in its four-year history, drawing 3.15 million viewers, in no small thanks to his January 18 and 19 episodes with newly crowned Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and first runner-up from Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez. Of course, Harvey made pageant history when he mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the contest winner.
Steve Harvey's Show With Dissed Miss Universe Scores Ratings Record
Other record highs for the week of January 18 – sophomore court show Hot Bench clocked a new all-time high, up 44% from last year at this time with an audience of 3.7 million. Rachael Ray (1.7, up 6%) climbed to a new season high. Year-to-year Rachael Ray was up 21%, the most of any talk show. Dr. Phil was the No. 1 talk show as usual (3.4, up 6%) while matching its season high. Also notching a new season high was Meredith Vieira (1.1, up 10%), which tied The Real (1.1, unchanged) and The Doctors (1.1, unchanged). And, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire With Chris Harrison logged new season highs in Households (+7% – 1.5 rating vs. 1.4 rating), Total Viewers (+9% – 2.137 million vs. 1.958 million), Adults 25-54 (+20% – 0.6 rating vs. 0.5 rating) and Women 25-54 (0.7 rating to 0.5 rating). The Women 25-54 demo was up 40% week-to-week.
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