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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: Secret Sister a Boon for Oprah's Talk Show Ratings

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February 8th, 2011

Oprah got a big boost from her new-found sister, and that catapulted Oprah into the number 3 spot for the week (though Two and a Half Men still averaged more viewers).

The January 24 interview with her lost sibling scored a 9.8 rating and 11.4-million viewers -- about 5 million more viewers than Oprah’s second highest rated show of the week got (about 6.4-million viewers for a January 27 episode featuring First Lady Michelle Obama.)  Oprah’s ratings for  the week jumped 28% from the week before to a 6.4 -- her highest number since the week ending November 18, 2007.    While things were great for Oprah's syndicated talk show, it's a different story over at her new and eponymous cable network.

Meanwhile, Judge Judy marked 750 consecutive weeks (more than 14 years) as the highest-rated court show.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending January 30, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 8.0 12,930
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.4 10,101
3 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 6.4 8,797
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.2 10,078
5 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.6 7,338
6 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.6 6,703
7 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.1 5,980
8 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.7 6,173
9 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 3.5 5,476
10 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.4 5,538
11 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.2 4,545
12 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.2 4,975
13 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,404
14 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.9 4,552
15 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.9 4,256
16 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.8 3,751
17 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.8 4,320
18 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,731
19 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.7 4,054
20 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.7 4,187
21 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.6 3,598
22 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.6 3,973
23 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.5 3,526
24 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.4 3,331
25 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.4 3,744

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Why Aren't The Simpsons on This List?!

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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