Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Judge Judy' is Number 1 in Households and Viewers, 'Dr Phil' Again Top Talker for Week of October 22-28

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Judge Judy was the top regular syndicated program in Household ratings, and  in total viewers for the week ending October 28, 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 28, 2012:

Rank Program Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON M…… 7.2 11653
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) MTWTF.. 6.7 9285
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE MTWTF.. 6.6 10121
4 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) MTWTF.. 6.2 9577
5 JEOPARDY (AT) MTWTF.. 6 8939
6 WEEKEND ADVENTURE ……S 4.8 6686
7 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) MTWTF.. 4.7 6947
8 FAMILY FEUD (AT) MTWTF.. 4.1 5919
9 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) ……S 4.1 6682
10 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) MTWTF.. 3.9 5479
11 LAW & ORDER: SVU-SYN (AT) ……S 3.8 5283
12 2012 REG SEASON GAMES …T… 3.7 5926
13 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) MTWTF.. 3.6 5566
14 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) ……S 3.5 5277
15 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) MTWTF.. 3 3957
16 INSIDE EDITION (AT) MTWTF.. 3 4251
17 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) ……S 2.9 4796
18 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) MTWTF.. 2.8 3651
19 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) ……S 2.6 3493
20 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) ……S 2.6 3451
21 CSI MIAMI-SYN (AT) ……S 2.5 3391
22 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL MTWTF.. 2.5 3245
23 HOUSE-SYN (AT) ……S 2.5 3677
24 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) MTWTF.. 2.4 3344
25 CASTLE (AT) ……S 2.4 3729

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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