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)|
|1||WHEEL OF FORTUNE||CTD||MTWTF..||7.1||11,107|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
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