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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Wheel Of Fortune' Stays Ahead Of 'Judge Judy'; 'Dr. Phil' Is Top Talk Show

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November 22nd, 2011


Keeping the ratings see saw on the upside for another week, Wheel of Fortune stayed ahead of Judge Judy into the top spot in the syndicated ratings based on household ratings, while Wheel of Fortune continued to lead in total viewership for the week ending November 13, 2011. Dr. Phil was once again the top talk show for the eighth time in nine weeks. In Regis' penultimate week, Live With Regis & Kelly moved up to the #2 spot for talk shows.

We've entered the wacky time of year when Nielsen counts the local broadcast of the Monday Night Football games as syndicated shows and while it is syndicated to the local markets of the teams playing, Nielsen also includes the numbers from ESPN so MNF will always be at the top of the list, pay no attention to them.

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 November 13, 2011:

Rank Program Dist. Days HH rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 11.3 18,021
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.6 11,938
3 JUDGE JUDY CTD MTWTF.. 7.2 9,973
4 TWO-HALF MEN WB MTWTF.. 6.6 10,271
5 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.3 9,617
6 BIG BANG WB MTWTF.. 6.0 9,428
7 BIG BANG WKND B WB ......S 5.2 8,231
8 Family Guy-WK 2/T ......S 4.5 6,148
9 BIG BANG WKND A WB ......S 4.5 7,296
10 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 4.1 5,968
11 Family Guy-MF 2/T MTWTF.. 4.0 5,924
12 2011 REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 3.7 5,906
13 LAW & ORDER NBU ......S 3.5 5,035
14 DR. PHIL SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 3.3 4,453
15 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF 2/T MTWTF.. 3.3 4,750
16 FAMILY FEUD 2/T MTWTF.. 3.2 4,784
17 INSIDE EDITION CTD MTWTF.. 3.2 4,658
18 2011 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL ...T... 3.2 5,060
19 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK 2/T ......S 3.2 5,019
20 Criminal Minds CTD ......S 3.1 4,424
21 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,021
22 JUDGE JOE BROWN CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 3,876
23 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF NBU MTWTF.. 2.8 3,786
24 Futurama 2/T .....SS 2.8 3,825
25 DR. OZ SHOW SPT MTWTF.. 2.7 3,603

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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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