“Judge Judy” was, per usual, the top-rated syndicated show for the week of Feb. 15-21, but the bigger news was a couple spots down the chart.

“Family Feud” finished third for the week with a 7.0 household rating, two tenths better than the 6.8 for “Wheel of Fortune.” The latter had been the top game show for the past seven weeks.

Top 25 syndicated shows (including ties) in households for Feb. 15-21, 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 7.1 2.8
3 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 7.0 3.8
4 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.8 2.4
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.5 2.0
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.1 4.0
7 LAW & ORDER:SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……S 4.8 3.2
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SS 3.8 2.5
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD .TWTF.. 3.5 1.6
10 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.4 1.7
11 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.3 2.4
12 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 3.2 1.5
13 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.1 1.4
14 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 3.0 0.8
15 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.8 1.5
15t TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.8 1.5
17 MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.7 2.1
18 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 1.1
18t FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……S 2.6 1.2
18t FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.6 1.2
18t THE CLOSER (AT) WB ……S 2.6 1.4
22 ACCESS HOLLYWD LIVE-WKD NBU ……S 2.2 1.2
23 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.1 1.2
23t 2 BROKE GIRLS-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.1 1.6
23t MIKE AND MOLLY (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.1 1.4
23t BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……S 2.1 0.9


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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