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Syndicated Top 25: Yet Again Judge Judy Tops Oprah, Plus Legend Of The Seeker

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April 27th, 2010

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
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 30 5.4 8,135
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 4.6 7,251
4 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.4 6,208
5 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.1 5,888
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
8 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 30 3.1 4,682
9 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 30 2.9 4,341
10 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 30 2.8 4,239
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
16 BONES-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 60 2.4 3,573
17 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 30 2.4 3,513
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
24 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 30 2.3 3,151
25 CSI MIAMI-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 60 2.2 3,110

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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
13-Mar-10 R 1.7 2,005
20-Mar-10 1.7 2,269
27-Mar-10 1.7 2.439
3-Apr-10 R 1.3 1.737
10-Apr-10 1.3 2.020
17-Apr-10 1.5 2.340

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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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