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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Judge Judy' Tops (Mostly Repeats) of Oprah for First Time Since September;

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December 14th, 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).

Update: Oprah was mostly repeats for the week ending December 5.  For the first time since September, Judge Judy edged out Oprah for daytime supremacy.  Judy bested Oprah by an average of 464,000 viewers,  gaining 5% from the prior week to a 4.6 rating and 6,597,000 total viewers. Oprah fell 8% to a 4.5 rating, attracting 6,133,000 viewers.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2.9 rating, a season high) was up 12% from the week before in rating and bettered  Criminal Minds (2.9 rating, down 6%) by an average 120,000 viewers.

Maury is ranked 35th overall, but with young women 18-34, he's ranked #9, which is #1 among talk shows. In daytime, Maury's 1.4 rating with women 18-34 bettered Oprah's 1.3 and Judge Judy's 1.1.

Why Aren't The Simpsons on The List Below?!

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 December 5, 2010:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.4 11,869
2 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 7.3 11,727
3 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.2 9,514
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.2 9,946
5 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.6 6,597
6 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 4.5 6,133
7 2010 NFL REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 4.1 6,841
8 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.1 6,456
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.0 6,025
10 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.4 5,187
11 2010 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL ...T... 3.2 5,129
12 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.1 4,824
13 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,314
14 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.9 4,403
15 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.9 4,523
16 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 4,116
17 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.8 4,132
18 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.8 4,249
19 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,535
20 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.6 3,937
21 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,393
22 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.6 3,932
23 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.4 3,572
24 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.4 3,324
25 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.4 3,256

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Why Aren't The Simpsons on This List?!

Yes, twice with this disclaimer.

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. Same goes for the Thursday NFL Network games.

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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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