As ever, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy took the top spots for weekly syndication and Two and a Half Men is still firmly entrenched in third place.
Judge Judy was fourth, and easily trumped Oprah for daytime supremacy for the week ending April 18 in household rating (4.4 vs. 3.8). Worse still, Oprah was down 19% year over year in household rating and my understanding is Oprah was in new episodes for the week both this year and last.
Both Oprah and Judge Judy were down around 5% from the previous week, but unlike Oprah, Judge Judy was up 7% over the same week last year. Some will speculate that it is Kitty Kelly's bio, but you could probably just as easily speculate that with all the advance press over Oprah quitting her show to go work (on her) OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) on cable next year, that 19% of the people assumed she was already gone.
Legend of the Seeker Fans: Seeker ran a new episode "Vengeance" the weekend of April 17, and the updated table for Season two’s ratings is still below the normal syndicated top 25 table. While it's hardly a surprise and there is still no official word from Disney ABC Domestic Television, sadly, Michael Ausiello reports that Seeker will wrap production after season two and that there will not be a third season. E! Online confirms the report.
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 April 16, not April 23).
Note: all numbers above and below are "average audience" figures rather than "gross average audience."
Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending April 18, 2010:
|Rank||Program||Network||Day||Duration||HH Rating||Viewers (000)|
|1||WHEEL OF FORTUNE||CTD||MTWTF..||30||6.5||9,917|
|3||TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT)||WB||MTWTF..||30||4.6||7,251|
|4||JUDGE JUDY (AT)||CTD||MTWTF..||30||4.4||6,208|
|6||OPRAH WINFREY SHOW||CTD||MTWTF..||60||3.8||5,046|
|7||FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT)||2/T||MTWTF..||30||3.2||4,973|
|9||WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND||CTD||......S||30||2.9||4,341|
|11||INSIDE EDITION (AT)||CTD||MTWTF..||30||3.0||4,229|
|12||EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT)||CTD||MTWTF..||30||3.0||4,222|
|13||CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT)||CTD||......S||60||2.9||4,208|
|14||GEORGE LOPEZ (AT)||WB||MTWTF..||30||2.7||3,967|
|15||LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT)||NBU||......S||60||2.7||3,810|
|18||TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT)||WB||......S||30||2.3||3,321|
|19||KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT)||2/T||MTWTF..||30||2.3||3,272|
|20||WWE FRI NITE SMACKDOWN||2/T||....F..||120||1.9||3,263|
|21||EVBDY LVS RAYMOND-WKD-SYN||CTD||......S||30||2.3||3,212|
|22||DR. PHIL SHOW (AT)||CTD||MTWTF..||60||2.4||3,183|
|23||DR. OZ SHOW (AT)||SPT||MTWTF..||60||2.4||3,172|
|25||CSI MIAMI-SYN (AT)||CTD||......S||60||2.2||3,110|
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|
For syndicated shows which air on multiple days, the viewership shown is the average of all telecasts.
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DAD = Disney ABC Domestic Television, SPT= Sony Pictures Television, 2/T=Twentieth Television, ESP = ESPN, CTD = CBS Television Distribution.
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