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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Wheel of Fortune' is Number 1 in Households & in Total Viewers, 'Dr Phil' Again Top Talker for Week of October 15-21

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October 30th, 2012

 

Wheel of Fortune was the top regular syndicated program in Household ratings, and  in total viewers for the week ending October 21, 2012.

Dr Phil topped The Talk shows for the sixth week in a row.  Live! with Kelly & Michael was 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 21, 2012:

Rank Program Dist Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 8.7 13602
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.5 9801
3 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.2 8441
4 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.7 8849
4 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 5.7 8522
6 2012 REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 4.9 7979
7 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 4.7 6900
8 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ......S 4.4 5836
9 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.2 5981
10 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ......S 4.0 6426
11 LAW & ORDER: SVU-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 3.9 5455
12 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.8 5271
13 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.6 5363
13 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ......S 3.6 5830
15 Family Guy-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 3.5 4912
16 2012 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL ...T... 3.3 5202
17 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 3.0 3917
17 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4101
19 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 3813
20 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 2.8 3810
21 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 3352
22 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.5 3647
22 CSI MIAMI-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.5 3339
24 Criminal Minds-SYN (AT) CTD ......S 2.4 3072
25 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.3 3112

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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.

 
  • JR

    Whoa at SVU. It wasn’t even in the top 25 last week, and it comes soaring in at No. 11. Does the “S” indicate one day of weekend viewing or possibly both?

  • Max

    SVU is one of the weekly back-to-back airings for MNT on Mondays.

  • Flarikker

    All the court syndicated shows and only Judge Judy makes it into the top 25…amazing.

  • Brody

    How is Katie doing?

  • LC

    If you disregard the football programs erroneously placed on this list, ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ is on the top spot and ‘SVU’ is actually #9, not #11. And ‘Weekend Adventure’ is at #6…

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