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TV Ratings: Syndicated Top 25: Oprah thrives despite Obama endorsement

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October 27th, 2009

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Excuse the headline, but the mainstream media's never ending quest to claim Oprah's ratings have suffered due to her endorsement of Obama, even though at least at the national level there is no actual data to support such claims...

Below is the table of top syndicated shows for the week ending October 18, 2009.  For some context  on the numbers, check out Broadcasting & Cable's write-up on the week.

Please note that the syndicated weekly results are delayed versus normal reporting.  While we get the broadcast and cable ratings for the prior Monday-Sunday period every Tuesday, there is an extra week of lag time with the syndicated ratings and these numbers are not for last week, but for the week before last.  So while Friday Night Smackdown! is now counted as a syndicated show and we are seeing the numbers again, they are delayed.  The numbers below are for Friday October 16, not October 23.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending October 18, 2009:

Rank Program Network Day Duration HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 199 8.8 13,738
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 30 7.2 11,574
3 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 30 5.9 9,151
4 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 60 5.2 7,038
5 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.4 6,303
6 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.3 6,139
7 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 3.4 5,137
8 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ......S 60 3.4 4,899
9 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 3.2 4,502
10 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 30 2.8 4,264
11 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 30 2.8 4,045
12 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 60 2.8 3,769
13 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 30 2.5 3,741
14 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 60 2.5 3,740
15 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 30 2.5 3,725
16 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 2.4 3,568
17 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 60 2.6 3,525
18 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 2.4 3,519
19 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 30 2.5 3,501
20 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 30 2.3 3,388
21 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 60 2.6 3,287
22 WWE FRI NITE Smackdown 2/T ....F.. 120 1.9 3,287
23 HOUSE-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 60 2.1 3,234
24 CSI MIAMI-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 60 2.3 3,157
25 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 2.2 3,121

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Please note that the #s for Monday Night Football are the total number both for the ESPN airings and the local markets where the games are syndicated to one of the local affiliates (a rule to ensure the markets playing the game can watch them, even if they don't have ESPN). As a result Monday Night Football will be at the top of the syndicated lists until football season is over. It's sort of bogus, but since I can't break the syndicated portion out, I'm just reporting it as Nielsen does, but you can figure most of the viewing is actually directly on ESPN.

For syndicated shows which air on multiple days, the viewership shown is the average of all telecasts.

BUENA VISTA items are syndicated packages of old Disney movies. For more information click here.

DAD = Disney ABC Domestic Television, SPT= Sony Pictures Television, 2/T=Twentieth Television, ESP = ESPN, CTD = CBS Television Distribution.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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