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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Maury' Hits Season Highs, Beats Ellen

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January 13th, 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).

Another holiday week (week ending January 2) with lots or repeats but Maury hit season highs in households(2.3 rating) and total viewers (3.552 million). Because of the way Nielsen includes Monday Night Football in the syndicated totals, Maury didn't quite make it into the top 25 (#26) in households, but he bested Ellen who (I believe was all repeats) dropped to #31 for the week.

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 January 2, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 11.8 20,367
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.9 11,550
3 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.7 9,233
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.5 8,980
5 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWT... 4.4 6,166
6 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.3 6,269
7 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.0 5,965
8 REVOLUTION 1 2/T ......S 3.9 6,673
9 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.6 5,969
10 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.5 5,756
11 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 3.1 5,093
12 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,519
13 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.0 4,549
14 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,772
15 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.0 5,032
16 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.9 4,651
17 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.9 3,901
18 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.8 4,212
19 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 4,225
20 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.6 3,763
21 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWT... 2.5 3,405
22 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.5 3,814
23 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.4 3,866
24 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT WKD CTD ......S 2.3 3,348
25 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.3 3,837

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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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