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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: 'Judge Judy' Beats 'Oprah,' 'Wheel' and 'Jeopardy,' Ties 'Two and a Half Men'

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May 10th, 2011

Judge Judy once again topped all first-run syndication, for the week ending May 1, and not only edged out Oprah, but also Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.  For the week, Judge Judy tied with Two and a Half Men for tops among all syndication, not just first run.

Please see notes below about recent changes to Nielsen syndicated show measurement. The short version is that the change benefits shows with more than one daily telecast (Two and a Half Men, Judge Judy) and is a disadvantage (relative to the old measurement) for shows that only have one telecast per day (Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy).

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending May 1, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.7 9,599
2 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.7 10,306
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.6 10,571
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.7 8,823
5 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 4.8 6,417
6 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.4 6,450
7 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.0 5,697
8 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 3.2 4,560
9 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 3.2 4,507
10 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.9 4,002
11 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 3,792
12 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.9 4,138
13 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.9 4,250
14 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 4,192
15 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.8 4,511
16 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 2.7 4,007
17 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,841
18 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.6 3,855
19 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,794
20 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ......S 2.5 3,830
21 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.5 3,510
22 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.5 3,684
23 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWT... 2.4 3,261
24 CLOSER (AT) WB ......S 2.4 3,453
25 WITHOUT A TRACE (AT) WB ......S 2.4 3,461

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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.

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.

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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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