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Syndie TV Slumped In Mid-December

The syndication business had a rotten week, ratings-wise, heading into the holidays, posting mostly dismal numbers due to repeats, pre-Christmas shopping and a December 14 power outage in Seattle and Portland.

People using television (PUT) levels fell by an average of 386,000 viewers from the previous week. And the talk-show genre slumped again, with 12 of the 13 veterans off by double-digit percentages from last year.

While "Dr. Phil" was a relative bright spot with a 6% drop, "Oprah" hit a new season low with a mere 6.0 rating. Meanwhile, rookie "Rachael Ray" dropped 5% on the week to a 2.1, although it did pull its best ratings in 10 weeks in the New York market.

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