Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Wheel of Fortune' is Number 1 in Households & With Viewers, 'Dr Phil' top Talkers for Week of November 26-December 2, 2012

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Wheel of Fortune was the top regular syndicated program in Household ratings, and with total viewers for the week ending December 2, 2012.

Dr Phil  topped the talk shows for the eleventh week in a row.  Ellen DeGeneres and Live With Kelly & Michael tied for 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 December 2, 2012:

Rank Program Dist Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.5 11870
2 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M…… 7.4 11408
3 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 7.3 11661
4 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.0 9544
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.5 9868
6 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.7 8314
7 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ……S 5.2 8285
8 2012 REG SEASON GAMES NFL …T… 5.0 8114
9 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.9 7335
10 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ……S 4.7 7656
11 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 4.5 5857
12 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 4.1 5947
13 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.0 6233
14 LAW & ORDER: SVU-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 4.0 5564
15 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 3.8 5381
16 2012 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL …T… 3.6 5534
17 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.2 4478
18 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4190
19 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 3.0 3947
20 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.9 4088
20 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.8 3657
22 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 3401
23 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.6 3462
23 2012 NFL REG SEA PREKICK NFL …T… 2.6 4093
25 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ……S 2.6 3659

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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