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Syndicated TV Ratings: Oprah Still the Queen of Talk

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December 8th, 2010

Note: the table below is now ranked by household rating, which is the industry standard when it comes to focusing on syndicated ratings.  All ratings Live+SD (same day DVR viewing).

What's that you say, these rankings look almost identical to last week's?

It's true, despite the week below being the week including Thanksgiving, the shows in the top 10 were identical to last week (although Judge Judy flip-flopped with the Thursday night NFL Game) and there wasn't much movement within the top 25.

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.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending November 28, 2010:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 7.6 12,259
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.3 10,337
3 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.1 8,082
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.0 8,219
5 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWT... 4.9 6,868
6 Family Guy-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 4.8 7,692
7 2010 NFL REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 4.5 9,249
8 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTW.... 4.4 6,296
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.7 5,453
10 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.5 5,644
11 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.2 5,109
12 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTW.... 3.1 4,115
13 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.1 4,748
14 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.1 4,853
15 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 4,402
16 2010 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL ...T... 2.8 5,162
17 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.6 4,003
18 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTW.... 2.6 3,456
19 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.5 3,660
20 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.5 3,900
21 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.5 3,932
22 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTW.... 2.4 3,366
23 CLOSER (AT) WB ......S 2.4 3,634
24 BONES-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 2.3 3,736
25 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTW.F.. 2.3 3,210

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Why Aren't The Simpsons on This List?!

Yes, twice with this disclaimer this week.

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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