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December 5th, 2007

Coincidentally, 12.6 million Again Watch Wheel of Fortune

RANK PROGRAMS ORIG Persons Live+SD (million)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD 12.59
2 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP 10.36
3 JEOPARDY CTD 10.35
4 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD 8.02
4 DR. PHIL SHOW CTD 7.56
6 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD 7.10
7 TWO-HALF MEN WB 6.82
8 JUDGE JUDY CTD 6.80
9 Family Guy-MF 2/T 6.42
10 EVRY LVS RAYMOND CTD 6.38
11 CSI MIAMI CTD 5.83
12 SEINFELD SPT 5.80
13 SEINFELD-WKND SPT 5.66
14 BUENA VISTA V DAD 5.34
15 INSIDE EDITION CTD 5.12
16 KING OF QUEENS-WKND SPT 4.40
17 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD 4.20
18 KING OF QUEENS SPT 4.20
19 FRIENDS WB 4.10
20 MILLIONAIRE DAD 4.08

Although ESPN does “syndicate” Monday Night Football back to the local markets of the teams playing in the game so it can be viewed by those in the local markets without cable or satellite, the viewer number indicated seems to be for total viewers of Monday Night Football including those who watched on ESPN.

We’re not exactly sure why Nielsen reports it this way, but since they are, we are too.

DAD = Disney ABC Domestic Television, SPT= Sony Pictures Television, 2/T=Twentieth Television, C/P =CBS Paramount Television, ESP = ESPN, CTD = Columbia TriStar Domestic.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • http://IAmATVJunkie.com Joe Bua

    I find it very interesting whenever Wheel's Nielsen numbers come up how Sajak is so politically active yet that flies so under the radar.

    Have you read his Wikipedia page? He owns the parent company of Regnery Books, the people who published the Swift Boat attack book against John Kerry.

    I can't imagine that people would watch this show knowing he was involved in shredding a veteran's reputation.

    Maybe Sajak could do a special episode of Wheel where he puts the Abu Ghraib whistleblowers up on the wheel and spin them like it was the Spanish Inquisition! You know, for February sweeps!

  • http://IAmATVJunkie.com Joe Bua

    I find it very interesting whenever Wheel’s Nielsen numbers come up how Sajak is so politically active yet that flies so under the radar.

    Have you read his Wikipedia page? He owns the parent company of Regnery Books, the people who published the Swift Boat attack book against John Kerry.

    I can’t imagine that people would watch this show knowing he was involved in shredding a veteran’s reputation.

    Maybe Sajak could do a special episode of Wheel where he puts the Abu Ghraib whistleblowers up on the wheel and spin them like it was the Spanish Inquisition! You know, for February sweeps!

  • Rena Moretti

    How are those ratings calculated? Are they aggregates?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Rena,

    For the shows that run M-F, the viewership is the average for all 5 days, what the industry calls “collapsed” ratings. That's all we get for syndicated shows.

    For Hispanic Spanish broadcast shows we get both the “collapsed” ratings and the “strip” ratings, which gives a rating for each individual day. For that group, we have chosen to publish only the “strip” results, since those are most like all of our other ratings items.

    For Syndicated shows, we don't have the choice, the collapsed ratings are all we get.

  • Rena Moretti

    How are those ratings calculated? Are they aggregates?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Rena,

    For the shows that run M-F, the viewership is the average for all 5 days, what the industry calls “collapsed” ratings. That’s all we get for syndicated shows.

    For Hispanic Spanish broadcast shows we get both the “collapsed” ratings and the “strip” ratings, which gives a rating for each individual day. For that group, we have chosen to publish only the “strip” results, since those are most like all of our other ratings items.

    For Syndicated shows, we don’t have the choice, the collapsed ratings are all we get.

  • Rena Moretti

    Dear Bill,

    Thanks for the info. How do they handle multiple airings on the same day? Do they average them too or do they add them up.

    In other words: are those ratings ratings per airing, ratings per day, or ratings per week?

    Thanks again for your help. I very much appreciate it.

  • Rena Moretti

    Dear Bill,

    Thanks for the info. How do they handle multiple airings on the same day? Do they average them too or do they add them up.

    In other words: are those ratings ratings per airing, ratings per day, or ratings per week?

    Thanks again for your help. I very much appreciate it.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Rena,

    Here's the answer directly from our friends at Nielsen.

    “All of Nielsen's national audience estimates are based on tuning to the average minute. So, the viewing for all minutes are summed together and divided by the number of minutes. As a result when you see a national rating it represents viewing during the average minute of the program whether it airs once or five times a week”

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Rena,

    Here’s the answer directly from our friends at Nielsen.

    “All of Nielsen’s national audience estimates are based on tuning to the average minute. So, the viewing for all minutes are summed together and divided by the number of minutes. As a result when you see a national rating it represents viewing during the average minute of the program whether it airs once or five times a week”

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