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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Wheel of Fortune' Edges 'Big Bang,' 'Judge Judy' for Top Honors; 'Entertainment Tonight' Gets Whitney Houston Boost

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February 29th, 2012

Wheel of Fortune again narrowly edged The Big Bang Theory and Judge Judy in the syndicated show ratings based on household rating for the week ending February 19, 2012.

Entertainment Tonight had its highest ratings in 2 years, as the entertainment magazines overall reaped the ratings bounty of the Whitney Houston story.

Dr. Phil again topped talk shows for the 17th time this season.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending February 19, 2012:

Rank Program Dist. Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.4 11,897
2 JUDGE JUDY CTD MTWTF.. 7.3 10,220
3 BIG BANG-SYN WB MTWTF.. 7.3 11,658
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 6.4 10,009
5 BIG BANG WKND B WB ......S 6.4 10,424
6 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN WB MTWTF.. 6.3 9,572
7 BIG BANG WKND A WB ......S 5.6 8,910
8 Family Guy-MF-SYN 2/T MTWTF.. 4.5 6,629
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 4.5 6,530
10 Family Guy-WK-SYN 2/T ......S 4.1 5,903
11 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 3.6 5,857
12 INSIDE EDITION CTD MTWTF.. 3.5 5,044
13 DR. PHIL SHOW CTD MTWTF.. 3.4 4,384
14 Criminal Minds-SYN CTD ......S 3.3 4,773
15 FAMILY FEUD 2/T MTWTF.. 3.2 4,663
16 JUDGE JOE BROWN CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4,098
17 ACCESS HOLLYWD LV-WKD NBU ......S 3.1 4,171
18 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN 2/T MTWTF.. 3.0 4,310
19 DR. OZ SHOW SPT MTWTF.. 3.0 4,025
20 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK-SYN 2/T ......S 3.0 4,276
21 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B WB ......S 3.0 4,415
22 LIVE WITH KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,646
23 MILLIONAIRE DAD MTWTF.. 2.7 3,840
24 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A WB ......S 2.7 4,048
25 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT WKD CTD ......S 2.7 3,688

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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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