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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Again Number One in Household Ratings & Total Viewers, 'Maury' & 'Dr. Oz Tie for 'Top Talker

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August 21st, 2012

The Big Bang Theory was again the top syndicated program in total viewers and Household ratings for the week ending August 12, 2012.

Maury and Dr. Oz tied for top talk show, though Dr. Oz hit a season low and Maury tied for its lowest rated week since April. Usual talk show leader Dr. Phil was preempted in many markets for the Olympics.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending August 12, 2012:

Rank Program Dist Days HH rating Viewers (000)
1 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.2 9629
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 5.7 7765
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 5.2 8061
4 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 4.8 7152
5 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 4.3 6416
6 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ......S 4.1 6389
7 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.9 5847
8 Family Guy-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 3.8 5290
9 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.4 5245
10 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.2 4375
11 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 3895
12 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ......S 2.7 4164
12 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.7 3873
14 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.6 3666
15 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK-SYN(AT) 2/T ......S 2.5 3681
15 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.5 3333
17 ESPN NFL PRESEASON THU ESP ...T... 2.4 4010
18 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.3 3484
18 WITHOUT A TRACE (AT) WB ......S 2.3 3133
18 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.3 3282
21 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.2 3117
21 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.2 3237
21 LAW & ORDER: SVU-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.2 3095
21 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.2 3035
21 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.2 3031

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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.

 
  • LLL

    Maury and Dr. Oz are tied for top talk show of the week, but they aren’t in the top 25? Interesting.

  • Ralph Hahn

    President Obama: While YOU didn’t create “Maury,” you’re taking the blame for Maury’s increased ratings. It happened on YOUR watch. :-p

  • ObsessedTV

    What is syndication?

  • JR

    ^When individual stations buy- and air- programs outside the broadcast network system. Syndicated programs do not air on a broadcast network, nor do they air at one set time across markets. Some shows will air around the same time in all markets- think Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune- but others air at all sorts of different times.

  • Joan

    In September, I hope we get some good talk shows. We sure need them. I used to watch Regis and Kelly, but Kelly is butchering that show. I doubt if it will even survive after they get a new co host. No one wants the job because they are afraid it wont last long

  • LC

    A five-way tie for #21 AND two Dick Wolf series a part of that tie…What are the odds?

  • jpg

    @Joan: The new co-host will be announced Sept. 4. It’s rumored to be Michael Strahan.

  • Joe Chavez

    Is there any website that publishes ALL of the ratings – past the top 25?

  • Cha Cha

    Are talk shows dead? Can you please have a talk show rating list? Just once for a while, it will be enough for the curious minds.

  • LC

    @Cha Cha: Talk shows are not dead. Many were just pre-empted recently for the Olympics.

    @jpg: It actually will be Michael Strahan

    @Joe Chavez: I agree!

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