OK, it was during Thanksgiving week, but Judge Judy still won out, and sure even then the grand dames lost out to Two and a Half Men repeats, but still.

It was recently announced that Bonnie Hunt was done after the current season because she ranked 12th out of 13th among the talk shows.  Unfortunately other than Oprah, Dr Phil and Dr. Oz,  none of the other talk shows made the list.    On a household ratings basis the missing talkers range from a 2.4 (Ellen) to a .8 (Bonnie Hunt).  For the weird holiday week below some sampling of the other talkers shows  “Rachel Ray” had a 1.8 household rating,   “Jerry Springer” had a 1.3 household rating, Wendy Williams a 1.2 and Tyra had a 1.0.

Legend of the Seeker fans, the show’s fourth episode of season two didn’t make the top 25 below but it had an average audience of   2.408. That’s down from the third episode’s 2.504 million which was up from the  2.24 million for the second episode and still off a bit from the season two premiere which averaged 2.58 million viewers.

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.  So while Friday Night Smackdown! is now counted as a syndicated show and we are seeing the numbers again, they are delayed.  The numbers below are for Friday November 27, not December 4.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending November 29, 2009:

Rank Program Network Day Duration HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESP M…… 197 7.9 12,494
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 30 6.2 10,194
3 2009 NFL REG SEASON GAMES NFL …T… 181 4.1 8,026
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 30 5.1 7,999
5 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 4.6 7,439
6 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTW…. 30 4.5 6,632
9 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 30 3.2 5,081
10 2009 NFL REG SEA PRE-KICK NFL …T… 21 2.3 5,055
11 CSI NEW YORK-SYN(AT) CTD ……S 60 3.5 4,872
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTW…. 30 3.3 4,829
13 LAW & ORDER:CI-WKL (AT) NBU M…… 60 3.1 4,556
14 OFFICE-SYN (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 30 2.8 4,435
15 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTW…. 60 3.2 4,416
16 GEORGE LOPEZ (AT) WB MTWTF.. 30 2.7 4,170
17 2009 NFL REG SEA POSTGUN NFL …T… 3 2.2 4,038
18 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 30 2.5 3,960
19 SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ……S 30 2.6 3,857
20 TWO-HALF MEN WKND A (AT) WB ……S 30 2.4 3,706
21 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTW.F.. 60 2.7 3,661
22 WWE FRI NITE SMACKDOWN 2/T ….F.. 120 2.1 3,640
23 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTW…. 30 2.6 3,607
24 TWO-HALF MEN WKND B (AT) WB ……S 30 2.4 3,604

Please note that the #s for Monday Night Football are the total number both for the ESPN airings and the local markets where the games are syndicated to one of the local affiliates (a rule to ensure the markets playing the game can watch them, even if they don’t have ESPN). As a result Monday Night Football will be at or near  the top of the syndicated lists until football season is over It’s sort of bogus, but  I’m just reporting it as Nielsen does, but you can figure most of the viewing is actually directly on ESPN.  As of mid-November, the same now holds true for the Thursday games on NFL Network.

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. For more information click here.

DAD = Disney ABC Domestic Television, SPT= Sony Pictures Television, 2/T=Twentieth Television, ESP = ESPN, CTD = CBS Television Distribution.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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