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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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December 20th, 2011


In the see saw battle that is the top of the syndicated ratings, Wheel of Fortune remained ahead of  Judge Judy for the top spot in the syndicated ratings based on household ratings for the week ending December 11, 2011. Dr. Phil stayed ahead of both Dr. Oz and Live with Kelly (which didn't crack the top 25) 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 11, 2011:

Rank Program Dist. Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.5 11,808
2 JUDGE JUDY CTD MTWTF.. 7.0 9,684
3 BIG BANG-SYN WB MTWTF.. 6.4 9,975
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN WB MTWTF.. 6.3 9,735
5 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.3 9,754
6 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 6.3 9,686
7 BIG BANG WKND B WB ......S 5.0 7,998
8 2011 REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 4.8 8,087
9 BIG BANG WKND A WB ......S 4.6 7,427
10 Family Guy-MF-SYN 2/T MTWTF.. 4.2 6,310
11 Family Guy-WK-SYN 2/T ......S 4.0 5,908
12 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 3.7 5,308
13 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN 2/T MTWTF.. 3.5 5,163
14 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK-SYN 2/T ......S 3.5 5,265
15 2011 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL ...T... 3.2 5,374
16 FAMILY FEUD 2/T MTWTF.. 3.1 4,563
17 LAW & ORDER-SYN NBU ......S 3.1 4,264
18 DR. PHIL SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,008
19 INSIDE EDITION CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,486
20 Criminal Minds-SYN CTD ......S 3.0 4,304
21 THAT 70S SHOW-WK-SYN 2/T ......S 2.9 4,264
22 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B WB ......S 2.9 4,526
23 JUDGE JOE BROWN CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 3,930
24 DR. OZ SHOW SPT MTWTF.. 2.8 3,815
25 SEINFELD SPT MTWTF.. 2.8 4,128

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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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