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New Season of Syndication; Swift Justice, Nate Berkus Shine

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The fall season isn’t only for first-run programs over the air and on cable. It’s also a time for the syndication cycle to start fresh.

On Monday, the 2010-11 syndication season got underway, with some new shows leading the way.

The Nate Berkus Show and How I Met Your Mother had the best opening day numbers.

Here in New York, Berkus got a 1.2 rating and a 4 share in the 3 p.m. slot, according to Nielsen Media Research. The show gained 33 percent from the previous hour, another syndication entry, The Real Housewives of Orange County (0.9/3). The 3 p.m. hour on WNBC made leaps and bounds from a year ago, up 50 percent over canceled Deal or No Deal.

Meantime, you can add another to growing list court programs.

Swift Justice with Nancy Grace was the highest rated court show since Christina’s Court, now off the air, debuted in 2006.

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maintained the strong numbers on Fox5/WNYW. It scored a 1.6/6 at 2 p.m., up 23 percent from its Judge Joe Brown lead-in. It ballooned 33 percent from a year ago in the time period previously owned by People’s Court.

Access Hollywood Live (1.3/4) debuted at 11 a.m. on WNBC, and promptly put the time slot up a staggering 63 percent from a year earlier with Martha Stewart (0.8/3).

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