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Syndicated TV Ratings: 'Judge Judy' & 'Wheel of Fortune' Tie for Number 1 in Households, 'Wheel of Fortune' Wins Total Viewers, 'Dr. Phil' Top Talker for Week Ending December 8, 2013

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December 17th, 2013

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Judge Judy and Wheel of Fortune tied as the top regular weekday syndicated program in Household ratings, while Wheel of Fortune again won with total viewers for the week ending December 8, 2013.

Dr Phil was top rated talk show for the 17th consecutive week .

Rank Program Dist. Days HH rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M...... 10.4 16865
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.2 9855
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.2 11402
4 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ......S 6.9 9413
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTW.F.. 6.5 10221
6 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.4 10153
7 Modern Family-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 5.1 7865
8 BIG BANG WKND (AT) WB .....SS 5.1 7922
9 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 5.1 7177
10 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 5.0 7329
11 Modern Family-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 4.1 6467
12 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 3.9 5774
13 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.9 5625
14 LAW & ORDER:SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ......S 3.9 5532
15 HOUSE-SYN (AT) NBU ......S 3.5 5319
16 2013 REG SEASON GAMES NFL ...T... 3.4 5255
17 Family Guy-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ......S 3.3 5088
18 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 4171
19 Family Guy-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.0 4487
20 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 3.0 4183
21 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.0 4316
22 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 2.9 3841
23 LAW&ORDER:SVU-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.6 3627
24 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.3 3067
25 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.2 3082

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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. Weekend Adventure is a package of nature shows airing weekends on many ABC stations.

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: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • Ron

    Wouldn’t Ellen be the top talk show if she had more viewers than Dr. Phil even though he had a higher rating?

  • Randy

    @ Ron

    The rating is what matters, not viewers. Have you never been on this site before?

  • Monica

    Glad to see the worst show on TV Live with Kelly and Michael have slipped in the ratings. Show shouldn’t even be on the air.

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