Syndicated TV Ratings: ‘Judge Judy’ Number 1 in Households, ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Wins Total Viewers, ‘Ellen DeGeneres’ Top Talker for Week Ending December 22, 2013

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Judge Judy was the top regular weekday syndicated program in Household ratings, as well as hitting its 900th consecutive week as the top court show, while Wheel of Fortune again won with total viewers for the week ending December 22, 2013.

Ellen DeGeneres was the top rated talk show.

Rank Program Dist Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 7.5 10545
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.1 9710
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.0 11066
4 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.4 10000
5 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.4 9855
6 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU ……S 5.6 7520
7 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 5.2 7659
8 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 5.1 7675
9 BIG BANG WKND (AT) WB …..SS 4.7 7812
10 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 3.9 5879
11 LAW & ORDER:SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……S 3.8 5203
12 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.6 5143
13 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 3.5 5176
14 MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 3.5 5639
15 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 3.3 5087
16 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.1 4585
17 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3 4377
18 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 3 4179
19 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 3710
20 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 2.8 3784
21 HOUSE-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 2.6 3854
22 LAW&ORDER:SVU-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.6 3733
23 CASTLE (AT) DAD ……S 2.4 3098
24 ACCESS HOLLYWD LV-WKD NBU ……S 2.2 3070
25 CLEVELAND SHOW-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.1 3006

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.


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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