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Syndicated Top 25: Judge Judy Wins Again as Oprah Slips 20% vs 2009 + Legend Of The Seeker

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May 11th, 2010

Once again, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and Two and a Half Men took the top three spots in the syndication ratings.

Judge Judy was fourth, and trumped Oprah for daytime supremacy for the seventh consecutive week in the week ending May 2.  Oprah was down 20% versus the same week last year, and suffered a bigger year over year percentage loss than any other talk show.  Judge Judy was up 10% versus the same week in 2009.  And in the gross average audience (GAA) ratings that advertising sales are based on for shows that air the same episode more than once, Judge Judy towered above everything, including Two and a Half Men (Wheel and Jeopardy aren't measured for GAA purposes, presumably because they don't air more than once).

Ellen fans, she was just outside of the top 25 in average audience with 3.12 million and was tied for 22nd in household rating with a 2.3 rating.

Legend of the Seeker Fans:  Seeker ran a new episode "Extinction" the weekend of May 1, 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.  Not to pile on, but it seems to have hit a season low for an original episode.

Friday Night Smackdown Fans: It didn't make the top 25 - it was tied for 42nd in HH rating with a 1.7 and averaged 2.718 million viewers.

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 30,  not May 7).

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

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending May 2, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Duration HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 30 6.5 10,035
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 30 5.6 8,260
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 4.8 7,277
4 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.6 6,466
5 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.1 5,860
6 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 60 4.3 5,765
7 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 3.2 4,893
8 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ......S 60 3.1 4,712
9 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 30 2.8 4,426
10 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 30 2.9 4,390
11 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 3.0 4,229
12 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 2.8 4,143
13 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 3.0 4,140
14 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 30 2.6 3,985
15 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 30 2.7 3,923
16 CENTURY 19 2/T ......S 120 2.4 3,514
17 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 30 2.3 3,482
18 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 60 2.6 3,470
19 CSI MIAMI-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 60 2.3 3,385
20 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 60 2.3 3,347
21 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 2.4 3,331
22 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 30 2.4 3,292
23 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 60 2.6 3,194
24 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 60 2.4 3,191
25 FRIENDS (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 2.2 3,125

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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
1-May-10 1.3 1.958

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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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