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Syndicated Ratings Top 25: Most Syndies down due to MLB playoffs, Wheel of Fortune remains a beast

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November 3rd, 2009

For the week ending October 25, most syndicated show were down from the previous week due to competition from Major League Baseball League Championship Series, and also a drop off in the number of average people watching TV.   Below is the table of top syndicated shows for the week ending October 25, 2009.  For  context and additional 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 23, not October 30.

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

Rank Program Network Day Duration HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 196 8.7 14,145
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 30 7.1 11,064
3 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 30 5.8 8,785
4 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 60 5.1 6,805
5 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.3 6,103
6 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD .TWTF.. 30 4.1 5,929
7 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ......S 60 3.3 4,904
8 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 3.0 4,587
9 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 3.1 4,446
10 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 30 2.8 4,266
11 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 60 2.8 4,050
12 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 2.6 3,772
13 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 60 2.8 3,745
14 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 30 2.5 3,737
15 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 60 2.6 3,604
16 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 2.4 3,582
17 WWE FRI NITE Smackdown 2/T ....F.. 120 2.0 3,489
18 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 30 2.4 3,457
19 CSI MIAMI-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 60 2.3 3,351
20 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 30 2.4 3,343
21 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 30 2.2 3,226
22 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 30 2.1 3,197
23 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 60 2.5 3,183
24 HOUSE-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 60 2.0 3,067
25 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 2.1 3,046

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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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