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Syndicated TV Ratings Top 25: 'Judge Judy' Alone On Top Syndicated Ratings

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September 14th, 2011

After a week of being tied with Wheel of Fortune Judge Judy was back in sole possession of first place in first-run syndication household ratings for the week ending September 4, and as usual Wheel of Fortune and Two and a Half Men again topped her honor in viewership for the week.

Note: Many East Coast viewers were without power b/c of Hurricane Irene that 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 September 4, 2011:

Rank Program Dist. Days HH rating Viewers (000)
1 JUDGE JUDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.0 8,049
2 TWO-HALF MEN WB MTWTF.. 5.9 8,893
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 5.9 9,062
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 4.8 7,123
5 Family Guy-MF 2/T MTWTF.. 4.1 6,125
6 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 3.3 4,722
7 MY WIFE AND KIDS DAD MTWTF.. 3.2 4,712
8 THAT 70S SHOW-WK 2/T ......S 3.0 4,617
9 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF 2/T MTWTF.. 2.9 4,238
10 INSIDE EDITION CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,828
11 FAMILY FEUD 2/T MTWTF.. 2.6 3,716
12 SEINFELD SPT MTWTF.. 2.6 3,715
13 EVRY LVS RAYMOND CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,586
14 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B WB ......S 2.6 3,877
15 JUDGE JOE BROWN CTD MTWTF.. 2.5 3,508
16 WITHOUT A TRACE WB ......S 2.5 3,557
17 Criminal Minds CTD ......S 2.5 3,492
18 MILLIONAIRE DAD MTWTF.. 2.4 3,317
19 OFFICE NBU MTWTF.. 2.4 3,501
20 GEORGE LOPEZ WB MTWTF.. 2.4 3,428
21 CENTURY PREMIERE 2/T ......S 2.4 3,847
22 MONK NBU ......S 2.4 3,413
23 KING OF THE HILL 2/T MTWTF.. 2.3 3,146
24 MAURY NBU MTWTF.. 2.2 3,187
25 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL NBU ......S 2.2 3,274

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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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