No surprise here: “Judge Judy” was once again the No. 1 syndicated show on TV in the first week of February. The courtroom show drew a 7.8 household rating for the week of Feb. 1-7.

The top of the rankings after “Judge Judy” looked much the same as well, with “Weekend Adventure,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Family Feud” and “Jeopardy” making up the Top 5. “Dr. Phil” (3.3) narrowly beat “Live with Kelly and Michael” (3.1) for the top talk show.s

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for Feb. 1-7, 2016

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.8 3.4
2 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 7.6 3.4
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.4 2.5
4 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 6.9 3.7
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.7 2.2
6 BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.4 4.2
7 LAW & ORDER:SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……S 4.7 3.0
8 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 3.6 1.0
9 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.5 2.7
9t BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SS 3.5 2.3
11 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 3.4 1.7
12 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.3 1.6
13 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 3.1 1.5
13t INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 1.3
15 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.8 1.5
16 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.7 1.5
16t FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……S 2.7 1.3
16t CLOSER (AT) WB ……S 2.7 1.3
19 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.6 1.6
20 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.5 1.0
20t JEOPARDY WEEKEND CTD ……S 2.5 0.6
22 2 BROKE GIRLS-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.3 1.8
23 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.2 1.3
23t MIKE AND MOLLY (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.2 1.5
23t MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.2 1.6


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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