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

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December 29th, 2011

Wheel of Fortune was once again ahead of  Judge Judy for the top spot in the syndicated ratings based on household ratings for the week ending December 18, 2011 and Dr. Phil remained king of the syndicated talk show circuit.

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 18, 2011:

Rank Program Dist Day HH Rating Viewers (000)
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.0     9,613
3 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.7   10,431
4 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 6.5   10,311
5 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.2     9,633
6 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.8     8,969
7 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ......S 4.8     7,784
8 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 4.6     6,712
9 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.5     6,828
10 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ......S 4.2     6,846
11 2011 REG SEA GAMES SAT NFL .....S. 3.8     6,507
13 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.5     5,027
14 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK-SYN(AT) 2/T ......S 3.2     4,547
15 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.2     4,758
16 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1     4,397
17 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0     4,009
18 FUTURAMA-SYN (AT) 2/T .....SS 3.0     4,193
19 THAT 70S SHOW-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 2.9     4,183
20 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.9     4,280
21 LAW & ORDER: SVU-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.8     4,162
22 MONK-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.8     4,182
23 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.8     3,805
24 2011 REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 2.8     4,375
25 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.8     3,859


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.

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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