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Syndicated TV Ratings: With Some Original 'Judge Judy' Over the Holidays; 'Oprah' Repeats Beaten Down

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January 6th, 2011

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).

Nothing especially noteworthy during a holiday week.   Judge Judy was a mix of repeats and originals, Oprah was all repeats.

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 26, 2010:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 11.2 19,278
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.7 10,855
3 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.5 8,848
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.3 8,963
5 2010 REG SEA GAMES SAT NFL .....S. 4.3 8,980
6 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.1 6,085
7 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.9 6,578
8 2010 REG SEA POSTGUN SAT NFL .....S. 3.8 7,770
9 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 3.5 4,926
10 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.4 5,070
11 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.4 5,544
12 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.1 4,878
13 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4,563
14 2010 NFL REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 3.0 5,395
15 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,765
16 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.0 5,156
17 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.8 4,253
18 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.8 3,750
19 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.7 4,175
20 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.6 3,965
21 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,730
22 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.6 4,414
23 EVBDY LVS RAYMOND-WKD-SYN CTD ......S 2.5 3,688
24 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.5 3,933
25 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.3 3,585

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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: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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