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|
|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|
|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|
|18||DR. PHIL SHOW (AT)||CTD||MTWTF..||2.7||3,731|
|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|
|23||ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW||WB||MTWTF..||2.5||3,526|
|25||GEORGE LOPEZ (AT)||WB||MTWTF..||2.4||3,744|
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.
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.