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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: 'Judge Judy' Easily Tops Syndicated Ratings

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June 22nd, 2011

With the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show in the rear view mirror, Judge Judy once again topped all first-run syndication for the week ending June 5, edging out even Wheel of Fortune and Two and a Half Men in both households (by a wide margin) and viewership. The Oprah Winfrey Show will continue in repeats until September, was again out of the top 20 (#21), though alert commenter JR35 noted previously that some local stations dropped The Oprah Winfrey Show after the finale and will not air the repeats.

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 June 12, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH rating Viewers (000)
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.9 9,578
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 5.9 9,236
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.8 9,165
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.0 7,713
5 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.4 6,824
6 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 4.3 6,172
7 THAT 70S SHOW-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 3.6 5,181
8 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.5 5,011
9 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 3.2 4,790
10 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.1 4,406
11 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 4,206
12 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.8 4,121
13 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.8 4,306
14 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,634
15 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.7 3,923
16 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,805
17 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,726
18 MONK-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.5 3,716
19 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.5 3,649
20 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 2.5 3,947
21 OPRAH WINFREY SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.5 3,283
22 CLOSER (AT) WB ......S 2.4 3,649
23 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.4 3,179
24 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.4 3,524
25 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.3 3,600

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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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