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

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July 6th, 2011

Judge Judy once again topped all first-run syndication for the week ending June 5, in households, though both Two and a Half Men and Wheel of Fortune again topped her honor in viewership for the week.

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 26, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.4     8,950
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.2     9,836
3 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.1     9,621
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.5     8,468
5 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.6     7,217
6 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.3     4,730
7 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 3.2     4,660
8 MY WIFE AND KIDS (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 3.1     4,647
9 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.8     4,008
10 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8     4,066
11 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.6     4,006
12 THAT 70S SHOW-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 2.6     4,004
13 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6     3,804
14 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.6     3,990
15 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6     3,722
16 MONK-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.6     3,820
17 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.6     4,139
18 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 2.5     3,867
19 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.5     3,629
20 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.5     3,768
21 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.5     3,698
22 WITHOUT A TRACE (AT) WB ......S 2.5     3,849
23 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.4     3,184
24 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.4     3,381
25 THAT 70S SHOW-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.3     3,400

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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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