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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: 'Judge Judy' Winning! Bests Charlie Sheen, Everything Else

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May 17th, 2011

Judge Judy once again topped all first-run syndication, for the week ending May 8, and topped all syndication period, edging out even Two and a Half Men (Two and a Half Men averaged more viewers, but in terms of households, which, for whatever reason is the standard metric for reporting syndicated numbers, her honor won out over everything.

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 8, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.7 9,309
2 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.6 10,206
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD .TWTF.. 6.3 10,006
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.2 8,111
5 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 5.2 7,020
6 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.5 6,718
7 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 4.2 5,900
8 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD .TWTF.. 3.7 5,306
9 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.2 4,593
10 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4,101
11 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.0 4,259
12 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,299
13 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.9 4,053
14 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 4,012
15 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,625
16 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 2.7 3,921
17 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.7 4,236
18 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.6 3,804
19 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,617
20 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.5 3,269
21 NUMB3RS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.4 3,418
22 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.4 3,363
23 MONK-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.4 3,658
24 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.4 3,533
25 CLOSER (AT) WB ......S 2.3 3,403

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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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