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Syndicated Ratings: OMG! Wheel of Fortune Rules Syndication

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September 9th, 2010


Here's something you don't see every week...  Oh wait, you do see it every week.  Once again (and still, and perhaps always) we have the great pleasure to inform you that:

  • Wheel of Fortune is still the #1 show in syndication
  • Jeopardy was #2
  • Two and a Half Men was #3
  • Judge Judy was #4  (excluding the way Nielsen includes ESPN Monday Night Football in the numbers)

Judge Judy beat Oprah for the 22nd time in 24 weeks.  But Oprah was awarded a Kennedy Center honor  and Judy wasn't and Oprah was still the #1 talk show.

Jerry Springer beat Ellen DeGeneres for the fourth straight week. Springer is still on a bit of a roll increasing 23% from the same week last year.

Maury once again ruled the talk show space with younger viewers (#1 with adults 18-34 and women 18-34) and was #2 in overall viewership.

Martha Stewart is fading to black in more ways than one.  She hit a season low in household rating (0.4) and was in a 7 way tie for 114th place overall.  Stewart was down 33% vs. the same week last year (repeats vs. repeats).  Effective September 13,  Ms. Stewart's show moves exclusively to the Hallmark Channel.

Friday Night Smackdown was back in the top 25 and in the table below.

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.

ESPN Monday Night Football is syndicated to a local affiliate in the markets of the two teams playing.  Unfortunately (for us) Nielsen includes all of the viewing that happened on ESPN too (which was almost all of it) in the numbers below.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending August 29, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 5.8 9,052
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 4.9 7,337
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 4.3 6,838
4 ESPN NFL PRESEASON THU ESP ...T... 3.9 6,173
5 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.2 5,888
6 ESPN NFL PRESEASON ESP M...... 3.6 5,523
7 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.0 4,912
8 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.4 4,827
9 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ......S 3.4 4,712
10 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4,482
11 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.8 4,367
12 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.8 4,014
13 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.7 3,977
14 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 3,831
15 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.6 3,812
16 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,697
17 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.4 3,642
18 WARNER BROS. VOL 38 WB ......S 2.1 3,462
19 BONES-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 2.2 3,403
20 CSI MIAMI-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.4 3,370
21 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 2.2 3,369
22 WWE FRI NITE Smackdown 2/T ....F.. 1.9 3,286
23 EVBDY LVS RAYMOND-WKD-SYN CTD ......S 2.2 3,242
24 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.2 3,107
25 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 1.9 3,068

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For syndicated shows which air on multiple days, the viewership shown is the average of all telecasts.

BUENA VISTA items are syndicated packages of old Disney movies.

DAD = Disney ABC Domestic Television, SPT= Sony Pictures Television, 2/T=Twentieth Television, ESP = ESPN, CTD = CBS Television Distribution.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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