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Syndicated Top 25: Face Covering Tumor Paces Oprah To First Ratings Win Over Judge Judy In Nearly Two Months

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May 18th, 2010

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

For the first-time in 8 weeks, Oprah won the battle for daytime supremacy over Judge Judy when it came to household ratings. . Oprah was paced by a show about the disfiguring genetic disease Neurofibromatosis and brothers who nearly starved to death. That show (on May 6) averaged 6.8 million, about 400,000 more than a show with former first lady Laura Bush.

While Oprah out-rated Judge Judy in household (4.6 vs. 4.4),  her honor still averaged more viewers (6.14 million vs. 6.06 million).  Year over year Judge Judy is still up 10% while Oprah is down 12%.

Meanwhile though Maury was only 29th in household rating, he topped The Talk shows with young women 18-34, beating Oprah. Maury has been #1 in that demo in 7 of the last 9 weeks (tied w/Oprah the weeks of 3/8/10 and 4/26/10).

Ellen fans, she was outside of the top 25 in average audience with 2.85 million and was tied for 24th in household rating with a 2.2 rating.

Legend of the Seeker Fans:  Seeker ran a new episode "Eternity" the weekend of May 8, 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 tied for 37th in HH rating with a 1.7 and averaged 2.746 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 9, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Duration HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 30 6.2 9,356
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 30 5.4 8,154
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 4.5 7,082
4 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.4 6,139
5 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 60 4.6 6,058
6 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.1 5,784
7 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 3.1 4,821
8 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ......S 60 3.3 4,739
9 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 30 2.7 4,256
10 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 3.0 4,247
11 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 30 2.8 4,130
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 2.8 3,899
13 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 30 2.6 3,899
14 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 2.6 3,864
15 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 60 2.6 3,779
16 BUENA VISTA IX DAD ......S 120 2.4 3,659
17 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 60 2.7 3,608
18 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 30 2.4 3,469
19 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 2.4 3,433
20 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 30 2.3 3,429
21 EVBDY LVS RAYMOND-WKD-SYN CTD ......S 30 2.3 3,416
22 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 60 2.5 3,171
23 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT WKD CTD ......S 60 2.2 3,163
24 BONES-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 60 2.1 3,149
25 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 60 2.3 3,099

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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
8-May-10 1.5 2.214

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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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