Syndicated TV Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Again Number One in Household Ratings & Total Viewers, ‘Dr. Phil’ Back in Top Talker Spot

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The Big Bang Theory was again the top syndicated program in total viewers and Household ratings for the week ending August 19, 2012.

Dr. Phil returned this week as the top talker after preempted in many markets for the Olympics for the last two weeks.

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

Rank Program Dist. Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.6 10259
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.2 8629
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 5.8 9103
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.0 7685
5 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 4.8 7221
6 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ……S 4.5 7011
7 ESPN NFL PRESEASON ESP M…… 3.9 5961
8 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 3.8 5488
9 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ……S 3.8 5624
10 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.7 5597
11 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.5 4815
12 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.2 4598
13 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 2.9 4211
14 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 4054
15 MONK-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 2.8 4110
16 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.7 3690
17 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ……S 2.7 3883
18 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.6 3674
19 LAW & ORDER: SVU-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 2.6 3797
20 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK-SYN(AT) 2/T ……S 2.5 3361
21 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.4 3142
22 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.4 3407
23 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 2.4 3243
24 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.3 3180
25 KING OF THE HILL-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.3 3091

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

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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