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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' on Top Again, 'Dr. Phil' Leads Talk Shows

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April 17th, 2012

Big Bang Theory beat  Wheel of Fortune and Judge Judy to lead in the syndicated show ratings based on household ratings and total viewers for the week ending April 8, 2012.

Dr. Phil edged out Dr. Oz for HH ratings and viewership for the week among talk shows and opened up his widest margin of victory since mid-February.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending April 8, 2012:

Rank Program Dist. Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.9 10661
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.4 9945
3 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.3 8662
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.5 8220
5 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.5 8567
6 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ......S 5.1 8195
7 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ......S 4.5 7471
8 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.0 5983
9 Family Guy-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 4.0 5895
10 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.4 4795
11 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.9 4010
12 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.9 4029
13 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 4103
14 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.8 3959
15 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 3526
16 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.7 3593
17 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ......S 2.7 3913
18 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 3379
19 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.6 3497
20 THAT 70S SHOW-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 2.6 3729
21 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.5 3344
22 LIVE WITH KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.4 3135
23 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.4 3088
24 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.4 3483
25 EVRY LVS RAYMOND-SYN(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.4 3266

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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.

 
  • silvit

    As always:
    Monk=2.4
    SVU=2.0
    Without A Trace=2.0
    The Closer=2.1
    Cold Case=2.0
    Numbers=2.0
    30 Rock=1.3
    Ellen=2.1

  • RyanCanada

    What about The Talk? So ellen didnt even make the top 25?

  • disney rocks

    @RaynCanda, the Talk is a national show part of CBS daytime, not a syndicated show. The affiliates are require to air it. It airs 2PM ET. It is a CBS show, not syndication. Due to this, it will not appear ever in syndicated ratings. The only time ratings will be available for The Talk is when CBS does a press release disscusing it’s ratings, since it is not a soap opera and its its ratings don’t come in the weekly soap opera post.

  • josie

    Glad big. Bang got top it rules best show ever. Go penny!!!+lenerd!!!!!

  • mcmgrant

    What about PBS Masterpiece Theatre? I think it’s the best TV show today.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “What about PBS Masterpiece Theatre? I think it’s the best TV show today.”

    While PBS shows are now rated, we do not get their numbers. As far as I know, nobody has them online.

  • Pivotal

    30 Rock got replaced by Friends in Chicago.

  • ccemerson

    WoW !! I think Kelly is MUCH higher this year w/out Regis. Was not sure she could continue solo so strong in the ratings. Kudos to her

  • Bartman

    @ Pivotal: That’s because “30 Rock” blows!! WGN-9 is now showing the HD version of FRIENDS that Nick @ Nite started showing in September of 2011.

  • LC

    @ disney rocks: And yet, four shows on My Network TV are featured between #26 and #30– only two of which are also concurrently syndicated with an extra episode…So what are ‘SVU’ and ‘Monk’ doing on this list?

  • Marie

    I thought the opposite with Kelly, she was doing well but her ratings have seemed to have dropped. I have stopped watching the show as it’s not the same without Regis. Maybe when she finally gets a permanent co-host, it will get better. I don’t know what the hold up is.

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