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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: Charlie Sheen Owns Adults 18-49, Seinfeld Still Top Ten

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March 23rd, 2011

The typical top three of Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Two and a Half Men were still at the top of the charts for the week ending March 13.  Oprah, which was entirely in repeats slid to 7th place and Judge Judy (which I believe was mostly new episodes that week) climbed into fourth place.

Because syndication includes all parts of the day and different types of shows target different types of viewers, there's not really a standard advertising benchmark like there is in broadcast primetime with adults 18-49. But, some have asked about the 18-49 ratings.

Two and a Half Men's Mon-Fri strip was the week's top show with adults 18-49 with a 3.2 rating. Family Guy was next with a 2.5, followed by Wheel of Fortune with a 1.8 (yep, "Wheel" skews old, hardly a surprise). How I Met Your Mother and The Office tied with a 1.7 rating.

Seinfeld's Mon-Fri strip was next with a 1.6 rating, tied with Two and a Half Men's "Weekend B" distribution. It's pretty impressive that Seinfeld, which ran out of new episodes nearly 13 years ago is still a top performer. Jeopardy was next with a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.  Six shows had a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating: Judge Judy Entertainment Tonight, Criminal Minds, Seinfeld's weekend edition, Two and a Half Men's "Weekend A" edition and TMZ.

Below is the normal top 25, sorted by household rating.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending March 13, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.3 11,837
2 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.0 9,481
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.9 9,519
4 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.5 6,480
5 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.0 5,925
6 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.7 5,847
7 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 3.7 5,086
8 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.1 4,889
9 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4,568
10 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.0 4,486
11 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 3,727
12 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,584
13 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 2.7 3,968
14 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.6 4,424
15 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 4,182
16 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.6 3,879
17 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,588
18 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.5 3,799
19 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 2.5 4,093
20 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.4 3,591
21 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.3 3,287
22 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.3 3,195
23 CLOSER (AT) WB ......S 2.3 3,432
24 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.3 3,591
25 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWT... 2.3 3,255

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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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