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Syndicated TV Ratings: Top 25 + A Bottom 25 That Includes 'The Hills,' 'Star Trek: TNG' & Stargates

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December 21st, 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).

With Christmas a few days away, I figured I'd include a little something extra in your syndicated ratings stocking.  Along with the "top 25"  which features all the usual suspects, I'm also including the bottom 25.   For those wanting us to produce such lists every week (or the entire list), we can't, and we won't.  But it's Christmas!  I'll leave you to decide whether it's a present or a lump of coal.

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 12, 2010:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 11.0 18,232
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.3 11,764
3 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.1 9,563
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.0 9,651
5 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.5 6,350
6 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 4.5 6,022
7 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.1 6,552
8 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.9 5,733
9 2010 NFL REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 3.8 6,289
10 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.6 5,469
11 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.4 4,982
12 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 3.2 4,980
13 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.0 4,765
14 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.9 4,239
15 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 4,101
16 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.9 4,430
17 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 4,065
18 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.8 4,316
19 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,672
20 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.7 4,083
21 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,598
22 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.6 3,939
23 NUMB3RS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.6 3,793
24 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.4 3,733
25 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.4 3,280

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Bottom 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending December 12, 2010:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 MGM SHOWCASE MGY ......S 0.7 1,066
2 SCRUBS-SYN (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 0.7 954
3 FRIENDS WKND A WB ......S 0.7 1,027
4 DEADLIEST CATCH SYN (AT) DIC ......S 0.6 1,016
5 JUDGE KAREN'S COURT (AT) NBL MTWTF.. 0.6 801
6 HEARTLAND NBU ......S 0.6 937
7 HOMETIME IMG ......S 0.6 747
8 SCRUBS WKND-SYN (AT) DAD ......S 0.6 839
9 SOUTH PARK (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 0.6 873
10 HILLS, THE (AT) TRI ......S 0.5 652
11 STR TRK: NEXT GEN CTD MTWTF.. 0.5 653
12 AMER FUNNY HOME VID DAD MTWTF.. 0.5 852
13 REAL HOUSEWIVES-SYN NBU MTWTF.. 0.5 689
14 WALL ST JOURNAL REPORT CNC ......S 0.5 603
15 STARGATE UNIVERSE (AT) MGY ......S 0.4 541
16 PETS.TV (AT) CFE ......S 0.4 560
17 AMERICAS COURT JUDGE ROSS CFE MTWTF.. 0.4 536
18 THIS OLD HOUSE-SYN WB ......S 0.4 594
19 CHAPPELLE'S SHOW (AT) MGY ......S 0.3 478
20 PUNK'D (AT) TRI MTWT... 0.3 411
21 STARGATE (AT) MGY ......S 0.3 469
22 COLD CASE FILES M-F (AT) TRI MTWTF.. 0.3 472
23 YOUNG ICONS CFE ......S 0.3 316
24 CAREER DAY CFE ......S 0.1 189
25 DAILY BUZZ DBZ MTWTF.. 0.1 <<

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Note: there were a total of 130 programs measured in the national syndicated rankings for the week.

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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