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Syndicated Ratings: Oprah &‘Judge Judy Battle for Daytime Supremacy; ‘Two and a Half Men’ Again Tops ‘Jeopardy’

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October 13th, 2010

Judge Judy and The Oprah Winfrey Show dueled to a tie in syndicated household ratings, though the diminutive judge  held a 345,000 advantage in viewers.  For the second time in three weeks  Jeopardy trailed Two and a Half Men in total viewers, though they tied in household rating.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show was again outside of the top 25 rankings and was bested by Maury (also not in viewing top 25) across-the-board.  In viewers Maury averaged 2.831 million to Ellen's 2.733 million.  As usual Maury was strong among the talk shows, trailing only Oprah in the key women's demographics.

Newcomer Nancy Grace once again trounced fellow freshman Nate Berkus.    Among the closely watched syndication newcomers, Swift Justice with Nancy Grace widened its lead pulling a 1.4 household rating and nearly 1.9-million viewers, while Oprah spinoff Nate Berkus attracted only a 1.0 rating and nearly 1.2-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.

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.  As a result, for the rest of football season Monday Night Football will show up at the top of this chart because that's how Nielsen reports the data.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending October 3, 2010:

Rank Program Network Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 11.5 18,780
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.4 9,974
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.4 8,525
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.4 8,056
5 Family Guy-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 4.5 7,177
6 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.5 6,339
7 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 4.5 5,994
8 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.9 5,553
9 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.1 4,891
10 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.9 4,538
11 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.9 4,371
12 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 2.6 4,214
13 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,202
14 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.6 3,847
15 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,833
16 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,821
17 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.6 3,765
18 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.5 3,590
19 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.3 3,400
20 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.1 3,359
21 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.4 3,270
22 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.2 3,214
23 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.3 3,069
24 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.1 3,016
25 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.2 3,003

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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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