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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: 'Wheel of Fortune' Ties 'Judge Judy' On Top Syndicated Ratings

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September 7th, 2011

In what is a change to the usual inertia of the weekly syndicated ratings, Wheel of Fortune tied Judge Judy in first-run syndication for the week ending August 28 in household ratings, and as usual Wheel of Fortune and Two and a Half Men again topped her honor in viewership for the week.

Please see notes below about changes to Nielsen syndicated show ratings 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 August 28, 2011:

Rank Program Dist. Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.1 9,464
2 JUDGE JUDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.1 8,374
3 TWO-HALF MEN WB MTWTF.. 5.9 9,063
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.1 7,733
5 ESPN NFL PRESEASON ESP M...... 4.4 6,777
6 Family Guy-MF 2/T MTWTF.. 4.3 6,565
7 MY WIFE AND KIDS DAD MTWTF.. 4.0 5,970
8 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 3.5 4,932
9 ESPN NFL PRESEASON THU ESP ...T... 3.4 5,162
10 THAT 70S SHOW-WK 2/T ......S 3.2 4,599
11 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL NBU ......S 3.1 4,548
12 INSIDE EDITION CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 4,156
13 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF 2/T MTWTF.. 2.8 3,995
14 Criminal Minds CTD ......S 2.8 3,962
15 WITHOUT A TRACE WB ......S 2.7 4,098
16 SEINFELD SPT MTWTF.. 2.7 3,955
17 MONK NBU ......S 2.7 3,887
18 OFFICE NBU MTWTF.. 2.6 3,859
19 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B WB ......S 2.5 3,762
20 EVRY LVS RAYMOND CTD MTWTF.. 2.5 3,588
21 JUDGE JOE BROWN CTD MTWTF.. 2.5 3,487
22 FAMILY FEUD 2/T MTWTF.. 2.4 3,568
23 SEINFELD-WKND SPT ......S 2.4 3,523
24 CLOSER WB ......S 2.3 3,518
25 GEORGE LOPEZ WB MTWTF.. 2.3 3,398

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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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