“Judge Judy” grabbed the top spot (barely) among weekday syndicated strips in the week of April 17, holding off “Family Feud.”

“Judy” averaged a 6.5 household rating for the week, two tenths of a point better than “Family Feud’s” 6.3. The latter maintained its stranglehold on the game-show category, finishing ahead of “Wheel of Fortune” (6.0). “Dr. Phil” also easily led the talk-show group with a 3.3, ahead of “Ellen” and “Live with Kelly” (both 2.2).

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for April 17-23, 2017

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 6.6 2.6
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 6.5 2.6
3 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 6.3 2.7
4 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTuWThF.. 6.0 2.0
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 5.8 1.7
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 4.7 2.8
7 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 3.6 2.1
8 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.3 1.5
FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 3.3 1.3
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 3.1 2.0
11 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTuWThF.. 3.0 1.3
12 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 2.8 0.6
13 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.7 1.0
MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.7 2.1
15 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.4 1.7
16 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……Su 2.3 1.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 2.3 1.1
18 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTuWThF.. 2.2 1.0
HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.2 0.9
LIVE WITH KELLY DAD MTuWThF.. 2.2 1.0
21 JEOPARDY WEEKEND CTD ……Su 2.0 0.5
22 BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……Su 1.9 0.7
BOB’S BURGERS-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 1.9 1.0
ES COURT COMBO CFE MTuWThF.. 1.9 0.8
FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 1.9 1.0


Why do you use household ratings here but nowhere else?
Ad deals for syndicated shows are largely based on household ratings and, for daytime shows, ratings among women 25-54.

What about “The Simpsons”? “Simpsons” repeats in syndication are not counted in the weekly ratings because they don’t include any national advertising.

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

For syndicated shows airing on multiple days, the viewership is the average of all telecasts.

Distributor key: DAD = Disney ABC Domestic Television, SPT= Sony Pictures Television, 2/T=Twentieth Television, WB = Warner Bros., CTD = CBS Television Distribution, NBU = NBCUniversal.

AT = Additional Time/Telecasts, more than the typical number of episodes or time periods/week.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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