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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Judge Judy' is Number 1 in Households, 'Big Bang Theory' on Top in Total Viewers, 'Dr Phil' Retains Top Talker Spot for Week of October 1

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October 17th, 2012

 

Judge Judy was the top regular syndicated program in Household ratings, while Big Bang Theory was on top  in total viewers for the week ending October 7, 2012.

Dr Phil was the number one talk show for the fourth straight week this season.  Live! with Kelly & Michael  again came in second.

We've entered the wacky time of year when Nielsen counts the local broadcast of the Monday Night Football games as syndicated shows and while it is syndicated to the local markets of the teams playing, Nielsen also includes the numbers from ESPN so MNF will always put them at the top of the list, pay no attention to them.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending October 7, 2012:

Rank Program Dist Days HH rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 11.2 17735
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.7 9096
3 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.6 10216
4 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.4 9785
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 5.6 8454
6 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 4.8 7068
7 2012 REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 4.7 7188
8 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.1 5900
9 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ......S 3.9 5921
10 Family Guy-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 3.7 5601
10 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.7 5123
12 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.4 5104
12 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.4 5132
14 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 3.2 4039
15 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 3943
15 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4176
15 2012 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL ...T... 3.0 4567
18 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.7 3734
18 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.7 3615
20 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 3366
21 2012 NFL REG SEA PREKICK NFL ...T... 2.5 3710
21 CSI MIAMI-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.5 3576
23 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK-SYN(AT) 2/T ......S 2.4 3507
23 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.4 3244
23 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.4 3364

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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.

 
  • BL

    Big Bang Theory continues to kick butt in syndication.

  • Max

    Still no Probst?? I’m surprised.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Probst tied for 95th with a 0.8 HH rating,

  • Josh

    Just curious as to where People’s Court ranks…?

  • Joan

    I wonder when Kelly “NO TALENT” Ripa is going to apologize for her comment about pitbulls

  • JR

    It’s fine to be annoyed by a TV personality, but what has Kelly personally done to you? :)

  • Steve

    How are football ratings measured in syndication totals? As I understand it, the games are available for syndication only in selected areas…so, are they combining the syndicated rating with the network rating and that’s what we see in this chart? Otherwise that’s a lot of people watching Monday Night Football for just a handful of cities.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Steve, it’s a nonsense number. I have added in our MNF syndication boilerplate disclaimer, which will be there until the end of the MNF season.

  • stats

    Joan, I think Kelly OH MY GOSH Ripa should apologize to CANADIANS about her saying we all eat BEAVER for Thanksgiving dinners. What a dummy she is. We Canadians also live in IGLOOS all year round. lol

  • Joan

    You are so right stats. Its very surprising how little some Americans know about Canadians. They think that its cold all year round here. I think we live in the greatest country in the world. Yay Canada. And I know of no one who eats beaver. And my igloo melts in the summertime, so I have to pitch a tent. lol Maybe if Kelly “NO TALENT ” Ripa ate a beaer, it would put a little meat on those bones.lol

  • Steve

    Thanks Bill, I appreciate it.

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