As is disclaimed below the table, the numbers for Monday Night Football on ESPN (and now Thursday Night Football on NFL Network) are a bit misleading because those numbers are only "syndicated" in the local markets of the teams playing the games, which is usually only a fraction of the overall viewing, but the numbers also include the lion's share of viewing that occurs on ESPN and NFL Network. It's a goofy reporting mechanism by Nielsen.
How goofy is it? Well, in the numbers reported below for Monday Night Football (Browns Ravens on 11/16), 10.196 million of the viewing was on ESPN, and .625 million of the viewing came from the local markets or the "syndicated" portion. But Nielsen reports the whole 10.821 million in the syndicated reports. Normally I just ignore it, but I bring it up this week to pay homage to Pat & Vanna. Because even with the erroneous 10.196 million included in, Wheel of Fortune still bested Ravens/Browns!
Legend of the Seeker fans, the show's third episode of season two didn't make the top 25 below but it had an average audience of 2.504 million. That's up from the 2.24 million for the second episode but still off a bit from the season two premiere which averaged 2.58 million viewers).
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 November 20, not November 27.
Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending November 22, 2009:
|Rank||Program||Network||Day||Duration||HH Rating||Viewers (000)|
|1||WHEEL OF FORTUNE||CTD||MTWTF..||30||7.3||11,833|
|2||ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON||ESP||M......||189||6.9||10,821|
|4||TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT)||WB||MTWTF..||30||5.3||8,506|
|5||OPRAH WINFREY SHOW||CTD||MTWTF..||60||6.1||8,193|
|6||JUDGE JUDY (AT)||CTD||MTWTF..||30||4.7||6,625|
|8||FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT)||2/T||MTWTF..||30||3.6||5,708|
|9||CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT)||CTD||......S||60||3.4||5,070|
|11||INSIDE EDITION (AT)||CTD||MTWTF..||30||3.2||4,658|
|12||LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT)||NBU||M......||60||3.2||4,449|
|13||DR. PHIL SHOW (AT)||CTD||MTWTF..||60||3.1||4,144|
|15||GEORGE LOPEZ (AT)||WB||MTWTF..||30||2.6||3,928|
|16||EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT)||CTD||MTWTF..||30||2.7||3,803|
|19||CSI MIAMI-SYN (AT)||CTD||......S||60||2.4||3,563|
|20||WWE FRI NITE SMACKDOWN||2/T||....F..||120||2.1||3,556|
|21||TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT)||WB||......S||30||2.4||3,550|
|23||2009 NFL REG SEASON GAMES||NFL||...T...||190||2.2||3,511|
|24||DR. OZ SHOW (AT)||SPT||MTWTF..||60||2.6||3,428|
|25||LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY||DAD||MTWTF..||60||2.6||3,307|
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 (except if it's Ravens-Browns, apparently!) It's sort of bogus, but I'm just reporting it as Nielsen does, but you can figure most of the viewing is actually directly on ESPN. As of mid-November, the same now holds true for the Thursday games on NFL Network.
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.