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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: Nielsen Change Means Charlie Sheen Is Now Winning in Syndication, Too!

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April 13th, 2011

Note from Nielsen:

Previously for syndicated shows, we reported the AA (average audience) viewing averages rather than  the GAA (Gross Average Audience) viewing averages, but when Nielsen recently changed the standard reporting average audience metrics to include duplicate DVR viewing before 3am, they changed the syndicated averages as well.

Previously if someone in a Nielsen household watched Judge Judy the first time it aired and then watched the same episode later in the day, both times counted in the GAA numbers, but only one viewing counted in the average audience measure. Now both viewings would count in the average audience number.

As a result, shows which previously had noticeably better GAA numbers than AA numbers are getting a boost.

I know that sounds like a whole lot of blah, blah, blah.  Here's the short version: Two and a Half Men and Judge Judy jumped ahead of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and for a pretty simple reason: Two and a Half Men and Judge Judy run multiple airings of the same episode each day and Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy do not.

Oprah was still in repeats for the week, but numbers for her last batch of new episodes before the grand finale next month should benefit from the change as well.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending April 3, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH rating Viewers (000)
1 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 7.4 11,468
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.0 9,856
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD .TWTF.. 7.0 11,209
4 JEOPARDY CTD .TWTF.. 6.0 9,335
5 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.7 6,995
6 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD .TWTF.. 3.8 5,526
7 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 3.4 4,841
8 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 3.4 4,604
9 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 3.3 4,795
10 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.2 4,472
11 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.2 4,596
12 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.0 4,648
13 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 3.0 4,363
14 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.9 4,357
15 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 4,316
16 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.8 4,125
17 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.8 4,100
18 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,640
19 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,651
20 MONK-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.7 3,768
21 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,500
22 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 2.5 3,927
23 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.5 3,755
24 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.5 3,479
25 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ......S 2.5 3,530

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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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