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The 26-week reign of “Judge Judy” at the top of the syndicated ratings came to an end during Christmas week. The show was in reruns, allowing “Weekend Adventure” and “Wheel of Fortune” (which was the top weekday show) to move ahead of it.

“Live with Kelly and Michael” was the week’s top syndicated talk show with a 3.1 household rating, up a tick from the previous week. Usual talk leader “Dr. Phil” (2.1) aired a week of reruns.

Top 25 syndicated shows (including ties) in households for Dec. 21-27, 2015

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 7.2 3.0
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWT… 6.3 1.8
3 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 5.8 3.1
3t JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 5.8 2.5
3t JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWT… 5.8 1.6
6 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.7 3.7
7 LAW & ORDER:SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……S 4.3 2.5
8 BIG BANG WKND (AT) WB …..SS 3.9 2.4
9 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWT… 3.1 1.7
10 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.0 2.1
10t CLOSER (AT) WB ……S 3.0 1.1
12 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.7 1.3
12t ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWT… 2.7 1.2
12t MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.7 1.7
15 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWT… 2.6 1.0
15t FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……S 2.6 1.4
17 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.5 1.3
18 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 2.4 0.6
19 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.3 1.3
19t BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……S 2.3 0.9
21 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWT… 2.2 1.2
22 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.1 0.8
22t DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.1 1.0
24 MIKE AND MOLLY (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.0 1.4
24t SEINFELD-WKND (AT) SPT ……S 2.0 1.1

 

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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