Rerun Syndie Sitcoms Soar in 1st Sweep Week

  • November 26, 2001
Five syndicated rerun series -- "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Frasier" and "King of the Hill" -- all soared by double digits in the ratings for the first full week of the November sweeps. The sitcoms' surprise adrenaline shot was the most noteworthy occurrence among syndicated TV series during the week ended Nov. 11. "Seinfeld" rose by 12% week to week to a 6.7 rating. "Friends" climbed by 15% to a 6.1. "Raymond," which kicked off in rerun syndication two months ago, scored its best numbers yet, going up 10% to a 5.5. "King of the Hill" also saw its best rating since it premiered in reruns last September, shooting up 17% to a 2.8. "Frasier" zoomed by 19% to a 3.8 rating. Compared to the same week a year ago, "Seinfeld" was up by 20%, mostly because TV stations are now stripping it twice a day, not once a day as in 2000, when distributor Columbia TriStar's contract ruled out double runs. Friends grew by 7% from last year, but "Frasier" fell off by 24%. Neither "Raymond" nor "King of the Hill" was in syndication in 2000. -- (Variety)

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