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Syndicated Top 25: Judge Judy Beats Oprah Again; Oprah Down 15% Vs. Last Year

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May 25th, 2010


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

After reclaiming daytime supremacy for the week ending May 7 Oprah was back to being pushed aside by  Judge Judy for the 8th time in 9 weeks when it came to the syndicated household  ratings (4.7 vs. 4.5) for the week ending May 14th.

Oprah was down 15% versus the same week one year ago, while Judge Judy was up 18%.

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).

Universal's The Steve Wilkos Show saw series highs with a 1.5 household rating, up 36% versus last year.  Meanwhile though Maury had only  a 2.2 household rating, he tied with Oprah with women 18-34 (1.8 rating.)

Ellen fans, she was in the top 25 table this week (#21), so check it out below.

Legend of the Seeker Fans:  Seeker ran a new episode "Unbroken" the weekend of May 15, and the updated table for Season two’s ratings is still below the normal syndicated top 25 table. 

Friday Night Smackdown Fans: It didn't make the top 25 - it was tied for 47th in HH rating with a 1.6 and averaged 2.85 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 May 14,  not May 21).

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending May 16, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day Duration HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 30 6.5 10,204
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 30 5.6 8,588
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 4.8 7,449
4 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.7 6,587
5 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 60 4.5 6,190
6 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 4.0 5,774
7 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 3.4 5,245
8 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 30 3.1 5,026
9 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 3.1 4,402
10 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 30 3.1 4,395
11 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 30 2.9 4,294
12 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 30 2.8 4,167
13 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 2.7 3,966
14 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ......S 60 2.8 3,915
15 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 60 2.9 3,811
16 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 60 2.5 3,605
17 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 30 2.3 3,487
18 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 2.4 3,416
19 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 60 2.5 3,333
20 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 30 2.3 3,303
21 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 60 2.4 3,268
22 HOUSE-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 60 2.1 3,244
23 MAURY (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 60 2.2 3,215
24 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 60 2.5 3,200
25 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 30 2.2 3,184

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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
15-May-10 1.5 2.228

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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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