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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Wheel Of Fortune' Back Ahead Of 'Judge Judy;' 'Dr. Phil' Betters 'Live With Kelly' As Top Talk Show

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December 13th, 2011

In the see saw battle that is the top of the syndicated ratings, Wheel of Fortune moved back ahead of  Judge Judy  for the top spot in the syndicated ratings based on household ratings for the week ending December 4, 2011. Dr. Phil moved back ahead of Live with Kelly for 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 December 4, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 9.9   15,522
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.6   11,957
3 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.2     9,793
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.5     9,864
5 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.2     9,595
6 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.2     9,621
7 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ......S 4.4     6,874
8 Family Guy-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 4.3     6,453
9 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.2     6,177
10 2011 REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 4.2     6,841
11 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.9     5,663
12 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.6     5,290
13 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.6     5,548
14 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.3     4,655
15 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 3.3     4,631
16 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK-SYN(AT) 2/T ......S 3.2     4,619
17 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.1     4,556
18 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0     3,878
19 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 3.0     4,325
20 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.8     3,798
21 LIVE WITH KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.8     3,814
22 Futurama-SYN (AT) 2/T .....SS 2.8     3,896
23 2011 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL ...T... 2.8     4,463
24 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8     3,816
25 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.7     3,631

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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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