Syndicated TV Ratings: ‘Judge Judy’ Number 1 in Households, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Rules With Total Viewers, ‘Dr. Phil’ Tops Talkers for Week Ending September 15, 2013

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Judge Judy was the top regular syndicated program in Household ratings, but The Big Bang Theory got the edge with total viewers for the week ending September 15, 2013.

Dr Phil was the top-rated talk show.  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.

Rank Program Dist. Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON 1 ESP M…… 11.1 18161
2 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON 2 ESP M…… 7.6 11875
3 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.1 9402
4 2013 REG SEASON GAMES NFL …T… 6.9 11020
5 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.1 9427
6 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD .TWTF.. 6.1 9402
7 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD .TWTF.. 5.3 8066
8 2013 NFL REG SSN POSTGUN NFL …T… 4.7 7462
9 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 4.7 6877
10 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ……S 4.7 7227
11 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 4.5 6619
12 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ……S 4.2 6339
13 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 3.9 5804
14 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD .TWTF.. 3.3 4667
15 LAW & ORDER: SVU-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 3.3 4885
16 2013 NFL REG SSN PREKICK NFL …T… 3.2 4825
17 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 3.2 4825
18 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.1 4656
19 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 3824
20 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD .TWTF.. 2.8 3990
21 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 2.8 3810
22 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 2.7 3474
23 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.7 3529
24 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.6 3591
25 ACCESS HOLLYWD LV-WKD NBU ……S 2.5 3191


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: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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