Big Bang Theory was again the top syndicated program in total viewers while Judge Judy was again the number one syndicated show in in household ratings for the week ending May 20, 2012.

Dr. Phil again beat Dr. Oz and Maury in HH ratings and viewership for the week among talk shows, beating his competitors bu the widest margin (28%) since the first week of the season.

Top 25 Syndicated Shows for the week ending May 20, 2012:

Rank Program Dist Days HH Rating Viewers (000)
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.9 9323
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.4 9732
3 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.3 9813
4 JEOPARDY CTD MTWTF.. 5.6 8491
5 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.4 7895
6 BIG BANG WKND B (AT) WB ……S 4.4 6621
7 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 3.9 5750
8 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.8 5456
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.6 5066
10 BIG BANG WKND A (AT) WB ……S 3.4 5241
11 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.2 4116
12 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.0 4313
13 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 2.9 4413
14 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.8 3954
15 CRIMINAL MINDS-SYN (AT) CTD ……S 2.7 3696
16 LAW & ORDER-SYN (AT) NBU ……S 2.5 3141
17 MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTWTF.. 2.5 3476
18 MAURY (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.5 3328
19 DR. OZ SHOW (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.5 3298
20 JUDGE JOE BROWN (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.5 3431
21 LAW & ORDER:CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.5 3212
22 HOW I MET-MTHR-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.5 3627
23 HOW I MET-MTHR-WK-SYN(AT) 2/T ……S 2.4 3467
24 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.4 3126
25 SEINFELD (AT) SPT MTWTF.. 2.4 3410

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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