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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: 'Two and a Half Men,' 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Judge Judy' On Top

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April 21st, 2011

More  disclaiming about recent measurement changes...

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 second syndicated episode, both times counted in the GAA numbers, but only one viewing counted in the average audience measure we reported. 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.  That's a relative advantage for shows that have multiple airings in syndication like Two and a Half Men and Judge Judy and a relative ranking disadvantage, relative to the old measurement methodology, for shows like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy that only have one daily airing.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending April 10, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.9 10,809
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.9 10,956
3 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.6 9,151
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.9 9,089
5 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.7 7,113
6 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 3.9 5,306
7 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.8 5,413
8 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 3.4 4,859
9 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.4 4,924
10 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 3.2 4,668
11 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 3.2 5,071
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,266
13 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 3.0 4,157
14 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.9 4,288
15 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.8 4,141
16 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 2.8 4,183
17 MONK-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.8 3,846
18 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,840
19 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,554
20 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.6 3,871
21 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,454
22 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,517
23 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.5 3,423
24 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.5 3,646
25 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 2.5 3,487

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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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