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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: 'Two and a Half Men' Still the Number 1 Scripted Show in Syndication

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March 8th, 2011

The top of the rankings remained typical, though while although remaining #2 for the week, with no IBM "Watson" computer contestant,  Jeopardy saw its numbers slip 11%, though in fairness, the previous week was a four year high.

Charlie Sheen hadn't yet been fired from Two and a Half Men for the week ending February 27, but he was in the news plenty.  While down 2% from the previous week, Two and a Half Men again ranked third among syndicated shows, and was the number one show  with adults 18-49, where it averaged a 3.1 rating (by comparison, 'Wheel' had a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, Jeopardy a 1.6 and Oprah a 1.8 and Judge Judy a 1.3).

Sheen's antics also helped all five of the entertainment magazines. Ratings for leader ET (4.0 with 5.8-million viewers), Access Hollywood (2.0), TMZ (2.0) and Extra (1.7) all jumped from the week before, while The Insider (1.8) held steady at its highest level of the February sweeps.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending February 27, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.8 12,683
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.4 10,202
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.9 9,583
4 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 5.7 7,912
5 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.6 6,607
6 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.1 6,383
7 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.0 5,844
8 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 3.5 5,483
9 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.3 5,163
10 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.3 4,751
11 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.2 4,899
12 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.1 4,821
13 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4,248
14 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,832
15 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,511
16 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.6 3,892
17 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.5 3,940
18 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.5 3,875
19 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.5 3,731
20 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.5 3,570
21 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.4 3,340
22 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.4 3,256
23 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.4 3,614
24 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.3 3,379
25 IMAGINATION VII DAD ......S 2.2 3,508

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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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