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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Wheel Of Fortune' Stays Ahead Of 'Judge Judy'; In Regis' Final Week, 'Live' Takes Top Talk Show Honors

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December 1st, 2011


Wheel of Fortune stayed ahead of Judge Judy for 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 20, 2011.  In Regis' final, Live With Regis & Kelly moved up to the #1 spot for talk shows.

We've entered the wacky time of year when Nielsen counts the local broadcast of the Monday & Thursday Night Football  games as syndicated shows. While syndicated to the local markets of the teams playing, Nielsen also includes the numbers for viewing on ESPN & NFLN.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending November 20, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 9.5   15,634
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.6   11,894
3 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.4   10,054
4 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.4     9,718
5 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.4     9,876
6 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.3     9,638
7 2011 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL ...T... 5.5     8,906
8 2011 REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 5.2     8,668
9 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ......S 4.8     7,605
10 Family Guy-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 4.4     6,686
11 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ......S 4.4     6,882
12 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 4.2     5,572
13 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.2     6,281
14 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.0     5,744
15 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.4     5,047
16 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.3     4,766
17 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK-SYN(AT) 2/T ......S 3.2     5,127
18 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.2     4,231
19 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.1     4,587
20 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.0     4,540
21 THAT 70S SHOW-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 2.9     4,188
22 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9     3,854
23 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 2.9     4,241
24 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.8     3,658
25 2011 NFL REG SEA PREKICK NFL ...T... 2.7     4,159

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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.

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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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