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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Judge Judy' Ahead Of 'Wheel Of Fortune;' 'Live With Kelly!' Tops Talk Shows

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January 5th, 2012


Judge Judy got a ratings present as she moved past Wheel Of Fortune for the top spot in the syndicated ratings based on household ratings for Christmas week ending December 25, 2011. Live With Kelly! was the top talk show, well ahead of Dr. Phil, who may have been in repeats.

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 25, 2011:

Rank Program Dist. Days HH rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 10.8 17,763
2 JUDGE JUDY CTD MTWTF.. 7.2 10,169
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.1 11,390
4 Big Bang Theory WB MTWTF.. 6.5 10,495
5 TWO-HALF MEN WB MTWTF.. 6.3 9,957
6 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.9 9,249
7 MADE IN HOLLYWOOD(S)-12/25/2011 CEC ......S 5.2 6,810
8 Family Guy-MF 2/T MTWTF.. 3.9 6,091
9 BIG BANG WKND B WB ......S 3.8 6,302
10 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF 2/T MTWTF.. 3.5 5,241
11 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 3.5 5,015
12 Family Guy-WK 2/T ......S 3.5 5,079
13 2011 REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 3.3 5,479
14 BIG BANG WKND A WB ......S 3.3 5,445
15 LIVE WITH KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 3.0 4,008
16 FAMILY FEUD 2/T MTWTF.. 3.0 4,656
17 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK 2/T ......S 3.0 4,639
18 JUDGE JOE BROWN CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 4,025
19 INSIDE EDITION CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 4,369
20 2011 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL ...T... 2.8 4,751
21 Futurama 2/T .....SS 2.8 4,119
22 THAT 70S SHOW-MF 2/T MTWTF.. 2.7 4,345
23 SEINFELD SPT MTWTF.. 2.7 4,056
24 LAW & ORDER NBU ......S 2.7 3,826
25 DR. PHIL SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3,461

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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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