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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: Humans vs. Computer Lifts 'Jeopardy'

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March 2nd, 2011

Jeopardy saw its best rating in four years (since February 2007) in the week that featured two days with humans versus IBM's Watson computer. But it was all about the computer or at least the computer vs. humans. The first three days averaged a 7.9 household rating, but the final two days which only included humans vs. humans (and I believe the beginning of the 'Teen" tournament) scored  a 6.5 and 5.7 rating respectively.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending February 20, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.5 12,282
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 7.2 11,573
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.0 9,712
4 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 5.6 7,551
5 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.5 6,403
6 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.0 6,213
7 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 4.0 6,573
8 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.9 5,769
9 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.4 5,421
10 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.2 5,281
11 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4,100
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 4,264
13 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.9 4,330
14 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 4,027
15 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.7 4,262
16 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.7 4,066
17 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.7 3,853
18 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.6 3,912
19 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,457
20 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.5 3,798
21 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.5 3,756
22 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.3 3,202
23 MONK-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.2 3,337
24 BONES-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 2.2 3,455
25 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.2 3,154

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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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