“Judge Judy” was in reruns for the week of Dec. 12-18, and with that its 19-week run as the No. 1 syndicated strip ended.

“Family Feud,” which has finished second to “Judge Judy” in each of those 19 weeks, took over the No. 1 spot for the week with a 7.2 household rating. “Judy” finished second with a 6.9, three tenths ahead of “Wheel of Fortune. “Entertainment Tonight” hit a season high with a 3.5.

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for Dec. 12-18, 2016

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 7.2 3.2
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 6.9 2.8
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTuWThF.. 6.6 2.2
4 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 6.4 2.1
WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 6.4 3.2
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 5.4 3.4
7 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 4.6 2.4
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 3.7 2.6
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTuWThF.. 3.5 1.6
10 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.4 1.5
11 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 3.2 1.6
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.1 1.2
MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 3.1 2.1
14 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 3.0 2.2
15 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.8 1.6
16 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……Su 2.7 1.6
17 THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTuWTh… 2.6 1.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 2.6 1.3
19 LIVE WITH KELLY DAD MTuWThF.. 2.5 1.2
20 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.4 1.1
21 LAST MAN STANDING-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.2
WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 2.1 0.7
23 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.0 1.3
MIKE & MOLLY (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 2.0 1.3
25 2 BROKE GIRLS-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 1.9 1.3
ES COURT COMBO CFE MTuWThF.. 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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