Dead Osmond Boosts Syndie Show Ratings

The passing of Osmond clan patriarch George Osmond gave a big boost to syndicated magazine shows in the week ending Nov. 11. The Nov. 9 appearance of the 100-plus member Osmond family on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" gave that program its best numbers since February.

"Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider" also hit their highest ratings in seven months, with the former up 12% from the prior week and the latter gaining 8%. "Inside Edition," meanwhile, rose 9% to a 3.7, its rating in 35 weeks. Fourth-rated "Access Hollywood" was also at its best level in six months, rising 8% to a 2.6. Oprah, after coincidentally booking the Osmonds for the same week George Osmond died, soared 16% to a 6.7 for the week, hitting an 8.1 the day the family appeared.

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