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Syndicated Top 25: Oprah Fueled by "Octomom" But Judge Judy Still Wins + Legend Of The Seeker

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May 4th, 2010

As ever, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy took the top spots for weekly syndication and Two and a Half Men is now firmly entrenched in third place and seemingly not letting go.

Judge Judy was fourth, and trumped Oprah for daytime supremacy for the sixth consecutive week in the week ending April 25, but Oprah was up 11% on the week fueled by "Octomom" Nadya Suleman.  The Suleman episode averaged 6.795 million viewers, about a million more than any other show during the week. The second-highest featured Mo'Nique's brother admitting he sexually molested his sister -- that telecast averaged 5.839 million.

Legend of the Seeker Fans:  Seeker ran a new episode "Walter" the weekend of April 24, 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.

Friday Night Smackdown Fans: It didn't make the top 25 - it was 27th in viewers with 3.09 million. Its household rating was a 1.8.

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 24,  not April 30).

Note: all numbers above and below are "average audience" figures rather than "gross average audience."

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending April 25, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Duration HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 30 6.3 9,807
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 30 5.4 8,108
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 4.5 6,897
4 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.4 6,085
5 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.0 5,714
6 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 60 4.2 5,681
7 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 3.3 5,033
8 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 30 3.0 4,533
9 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ......S 60 3.0 4,440
10 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 30 2.9 4,290
11 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 60 2.9 4,161
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 2.9 4,121
13 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 2.9 4,015
14 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 30 2.6 4,003
15 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 30 2.8 3,997
16 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 2.7 3,951
17 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 30 2.7 3,929
18 BONES-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 60 2.5 3,694
19 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 30 2.3 3,593
20 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 2.3 3,384
21 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 60 2.5 3,360
22 WARNER BROS. VOL 37 WB ......S 120 2.3 3,290
23 EVBDY LVS RAYMOND-WKD-SYN CTD ......S 30 2.2 3,235
24 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 30 2.3 3,224
25 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 60 2.5 3,182

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For anyone wondering,  "Warner Bros. Vol 37" is a movie package and the movie that week was "A Perfect Murder."

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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
24-Apr-10 1.7 2.408

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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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