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Syndicated Ratings: Oprah Rises, Clobbers Judge Judy; 'TMZ' Falls to All-Time Lows

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November 2nd, 2010

The baseball playoffs and WNYW in New York not being available to Cablevision customers during the week ending October 24 might have impacted the syndicated ratings for the week, but things were more or less back to normal at the top of the charts.

Oprah, was not bothered by baseball or the Fox-Cablevision spat,  her household rating rose 6% to a 5.2 rating and 7.09 million easily bettering Judge Judy's 4.3 rating and 6.16 million viewers.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending October 24, 2010:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 6.4 9,994
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.3 9,892
3 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.4 8,182
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.2 8,151
5 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 5.2 7,093
6 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 4.2 6,297
7 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 4.0 6,271
8 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD M.WTF.. 4.3 6,155
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.9 5,653
10 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.0 4,745
11 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.9 4,370
12 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 2.8 4,321
13 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 2.7 4,084
14 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 3,941
15 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.5 3,930
16 American Dad-SYN (AT) 2/T .....SS 2.4 3,779
17 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,757
18 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.4 3,755
19 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,692
20 WITHOUT A TRACE (AT) WB ......S 2.3 3,474
21 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,359
22 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.2 3,296
23 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.3 3,269
24 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.2 3,268
25 BONES-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 2.1 3,205

Despite being unavailable in much of the New York market, Swift Justice with Nancy Grace (seen on Fox’s WNYW in NY) scored an unchanged 1.3 rating and averaged 1,760,000 viewers  for the week, to lead Oprah-spinoff Nate Berkus by 605,000 viewers, or, 52%.

Though most news magazines were stable versus the prior week, the exception was TMZ which dropped 17% to an all-time low 1.5 household rating.   Like Swift Justice, TMZ is seen on Fox's WNYW in New York.

Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray both hit season highs.  Dr. Phil rose 13% to a 2.6 rating and averaged 3,359,000 viewers on .  Ray jumped 7% to a 1.6 rating and 2,013,000 viewers.

Maury was up 4% from last week (and 11% vs. last year) to a 2.0  household ratings to go along with 2.83 million viewers. Maury tied Ellen DeGeneres in household rating but beat her in the demos and in total viewers (Ellen averaged 2.74 million for the week).

Millionaire rose to a season high 2.3 household rating as contestant Kimberly Collins walked off with $250,000 in the episode that aired on October 18.

Why Aren't The Simpsons on This List?!

While The Simpsons repeats are available nationally its ratings are not counted in the weekly syndicated ratings because The Simpsons does not sell any national advertising in syndication.

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 most weeks during football season because that's how Nielsen reports the data.

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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.

AT = Additional Time/Telecasts, more than the typical number of episodes or time periods/week.

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

 
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