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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: 'Numb3rs' Bests 'The Office'

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January 20th, 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).

As they seemingly do every week, 'Wheel of Fortune,' 'Jeopardy' and 'Two and a Half Men' topped the syndication ratings for the week ending January 9, 2011.   That's hardly a surprise.  More surprising perhaps is that the weekend run of 'Numb3rs' had a better household rating than the Monday-Friday run of 'The Office.'

To be fair, quite a few shows fared better than 'The Office'  and 'The Office' actually averaged a few more viewers than 'Numb3rs.' For any of you wondering how that can be,  it's simply this: 'Numb3rs' averaged 2% more households than 'The Office,'  but 'The Office' averaged slightly more viewers per household (1.33) than 'Numb3rs' (1.26).

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 9, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.8 12,595
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.4 9,972
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.2 10,118
4 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.7 6,680
5 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.3 6,289
6 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 4.2 5,698
7 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.1 6,610
8 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.2 4,859
9 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,612
10 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,389
11 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.0 4,528
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,390
13 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.9 4,490
14 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 2.9 4,265
15 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 3,787
16 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.8 3,673
17 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.7 4,078
18 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.5 3,412
19 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.5 3,955
20 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.5 3,685
21 WITHOUT A TRACE (AT) WB ......S 2.5 3,649
22 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.4 3,364
23 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.4 3,509
24 NUMB3RS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.4 3,460
25 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.3 3,582

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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.

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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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