The 2016-17 Nielsen season for syndicated shows ended Aug. 27, and “Judge Judy” finished first in the rankings for the fourth consecutive year.

The courtroom show averaged a 6.8 household rating for the season (and also for the last week of that season). “Family Feud” came in second for the season and led the game-show category. “Dr. Phil,” which has been the top-rated talk show for 51 consecutive weeks, obviously is the leader of that segment.

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for Aug. 21-27, 2017

Rank Show Dist Days Household rating
Women 25-54 rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 6.8 2.7
2 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 6.2 2.8
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTuWThF.. 5.3 1.7
4 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 5.1 1.5
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 4.8 3.0
6 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 4.5 1.8
7 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 4.4 2.3
8 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 3.2 1.4
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 3.0 1.7
10 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.9 1.1
11 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTuWThF.. 2.8 1.3
MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.8 2.0
13 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.7 2.0
14 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.6 1.0
15 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 2.3 0.5
16 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.2 1.2
17 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.1 0.9
TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.0
19 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……Su 1.9 1.2
LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN DAD MTuWThF.. 1.9 0.9
21 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-SYN (AT) NBU ……Su 1.8 1.1
BOB’S BURGERS-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 1.8 1.1
FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 1.8 1.1
24 BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……Su 1.7 0.7
ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTuWThF.. 1.7 0.8


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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