Syndicated Top 25: Wheel rules; Legend of The Seeker Rerun Performs Well

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Sorry these numbers were a bit more delayed than normal due to the holidays so these are for the week ending December 20.

WWE RAW fans – Smackdown! didn’t make the top 25 with its December 18 airing that averaged 3.607 million.

Legend of the Seeker fans, the show’s seventh episode (from the weekend of Dec-19-20) didn’t make the top 25, but its 2.108 million average viewers was a season low was a repeat and after the previous week’s season high of  2.671 million.

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 are for Friday December 18, not December 25.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending December 20, 2009:

Rank Program Network Day Dur. HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M…… 200 8.7 13,787
2 2009 NFL REG SEASON SAT NFL …..S. 192 6.5 12,135
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 30 7.2 11,404
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 30 5.9 9,071
5 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 4.9 7,866
6 2009 NFL REG POSTGUN SAT NFL …..S. 3 4.1 7,481
7 2009 NFL REG SEASON GAMES NFL …T… 175 4.3 7,036
9 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.4 6,275
10 2009 NFL REG PRE-KICK SAT NFL …..S. 22 3.5 6,082
11 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 3.5 5,464
12 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 30 3.3 5,462
14 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ……S 60 3.3 4,870
15 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 3.4 4,834
16 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU M…… 60 3.2 4,628
17 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 30 3.0 4,478
18 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ……S 30 2.8 4,357
19 2009 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL …T… 3 2.7 4,300
20 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ……S 30 2.8 4,172
21 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 2.8 4,107
22 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 30 2.7 3,905
23 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ……S 30 2.4 3,843
24 BONES-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 60 2.4 3,771
25 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 60 2.8 3,723

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 or near  the top of the syndicated lists until football season is over 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.

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