Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Wheel of Fortune' is Number 1 in Households, 'Big Bang Theory' Wins With Viewers, 'Dr Phil' Top Talker for Week of December 10-16, 2012

 

Wheel of Fortune was the top regular syndicated program in Household ratings,  while The Big Bang Theory was on top with total viewers for the week ending December 16, 2012.

Dr Phil  topped the talk shows for the 13th week in a row.  Ellen DeGeneres took 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 16, 2012:

Rank Program Dist Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M…… 9.9 16088
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWT… 7.4 11544
3 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 7.3 11692
4 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWT… 7.0 9603
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWT… 6.6 9966
6 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.4 8049
7 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ……S 5.3 8618
8 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 4.8 6653
9 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ……S 4.8 7757
10 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.6 6687
11 LAW & ORDER: SVU-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 4.4 6204
12 2012 REG SEASON GAMES NFL …T… 4.0 6334
13 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWT… 3.9 5560
14 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 3.9 5839
15 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.8 5935
16 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWT… 3.3 4675
17 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 3.3 4451
18 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWT… 3.1 4008
19 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.9 3727
20 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWT… 2.9 3905
20 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.8 4047
22 BUENA VISTA VIII DAD ……S 2.7 4552
23 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 2.6 3415
23 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 2.6 3973
25 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ……S 2.5 3806

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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