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Syndicated Top 25: Daytime Syndication Queen Judge Judy , Tops Oprah Yet Again; Ellen Lags Way Behind

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March 17th, 2010

For the third consecutive week Judge Judy topped Oprah in the battle of daytime shows in syndication.  Her honor has now led in 13 out of the last 16 weeks.  She doesn't have a book club though.

A different kind of judge: for all the talk about how much being on American Idol has boosted Ellen's talk show ratings, those ratings still aren't at the top of the daytime talkers, where Ellen trails Oprah by a mile and lags behind Oprah's talk show progeny, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz

Ellen was tied for 23 based on household rating (2.5), but in terms of average audience she was just outside the top 25 at #26 with an average of 3.32 million.

As ever, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy took the top spots for weekly syndication, and Two and a Half Men seems firmly entrenched in third place.

Legend of the Seeker Fans:  Seeker was a rerun the weekend of March 6-7, but the updated table for Season two's ratings is still below the normal syndicated top 25 table.

WWE Friday Night Smackdown! FansSmackdown! didn't make the top 25 -- it was #29 by viewers, but the telecast on March 5 averaged 3.123 million viewers and a 2.0 household rating.

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 (in other words, the WWE Friday Night Smackdown! is for March 5,  not March 12).

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending March 7, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Duration HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 30 7.4 11,834
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 30 6.4 9,879
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 5.4 8,623
4 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.8 6,734
5 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.6 6,672
6 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 60 4.7 6,323
7 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 3.7 5,873
8 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 30 3.2 5,205
9 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 30 3.3 4,970
10 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 3.4 4,824
11 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 30 3.0 4,466
12 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ......S 60 3.1 4,377
13 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 30 2.7 4,221
14 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 60 3.0 4,087
15 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 30 2.7 4,052
16 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 2.7 4,032
17 BUENA VISTA VI DAD ......S 120 2.7 4,023
18 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 60 2.7 3,916
19 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 30 2.5 3,856
20 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 2.7 3,838
21 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 2.5 3,711
22 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 60 2.7 3,611
23 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 30 2.6 3,539
24 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 60 2.6 3,396
25 BONES-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 60 2.2 3,360

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Legend of the Seeker Season Two:

Show Date R= Repeat HH Rating Live+SD Viewers (000)
Legend of the Seeker 7-Nov-09 1.7 2,580
14-Nov-09 1.5 2,240
21-Nov-09 1.6 2,504
28-Nov-09 1.6 2,408
5-Dec-09 2,300
12-Dec-09 2,671
19-Dec-09 R 1.4 2,108
26-Dec-09 R 1.4 2,101
2-Jan-10 R 1.4 2,020
9-Jan-10 1.5 2,278
16-Jan-10 1.5 2,343
23-Jan-10 1.6 2,447
30-Jan-10 1.7 2,581
6-Feb-10 R 1.4 2,019
13-Feb-10 1.7 2,624
20-Feb-10 1.5 2,111
27-Feb-10 1.5 2.226
6-Mar-10 R 1.6 2.065

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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.

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