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Syndicated Ratings: Oprah Maintains Commanding Lead Over Judge Judy

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December 2nd, 2010

Note: the table below is now ranked by household rating, which is the industry standard when it comes to focusing on syndicated ratings.

Wheel of Fortune was still #1, and Two and a Half Men once again edged out Jeopardy.  Oprah was down slightly from the previous week once again out-rated Judge Judy (by over 25%) and averaged more viewers as well.   But while Oprah fell 5%  from the previous week, Judge Judy held her ground with household rating.

Several talk shows that aren't in the list below but still had good weeks:  Maury (2.1, up 5%), The Doctors (1.9, up 6%), Steve Wilkos (1.5, up 7%), and Wendy Williams (1.2, up 9%) all scored new season highs, with The Doctors hitting its best rating in 38 weeks.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending November 21, 2010:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 9.7 15,757
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.4 11,898
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.1 9,608
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.0 9,321
5 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 5.8 7,957
6 Family Guy-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 5.3 8,957
7 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.6 6,567
8 2010 NFL REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 4.2 7,166
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.2 6,058
10 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.2 5,006
11 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.1 5,035
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4,409
13 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.0 4,702
14 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 3,911
15 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.8 4,258
16 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 4,044
17 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.7 3,891
18 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.7 4,032
19 2010 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL ...T... 2.7 4,419
20 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.7 4,116
21 2010 NFL REG SEA PRE-KICK NFL ...T... 2.5 4,185
22 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.4 3,511
23 MONK-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.4 3,762
24 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.4 3,301
25 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.4 3,198

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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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