“Judge Judy” ran its streak as the top-rated syndicated show to eight weeks in the week of May 15. The show scored a 6.7 household rating for the week, 0.6 ahead of the No. 2 weekday strip, “Family Feud” (6.1).

“Feud” remained the top game show, but it was a close call. “Wheel of Fortune” was not far behind at 5.8. “Dr. Phil” earned a 3.2 for the week for another comfortable victory in the talk-show category. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was a point behind at 2.2 and finished second. “Live with Kelly and Ryan” came in at 2.1.

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for May 15-21, 2017

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 6.7 2.7
2 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 6.4 2.6
3 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 6.1 2.7
4 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTuWThF.. 5.8 1.8
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 5.6 1.7
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 4.7 2.9
7 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 4.1 2.3
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 3.3 2.1
9 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.2 1.4
10 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 3.1 1.2
11 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTuWThF.. 2.9 1.3
12 MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.8 1.9
13 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.6 1.1
MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.6 1.9
15 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.3 0.9
16 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……Su 2.2 1.2
ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTuWThF.. 2.2 1.1
TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 2.2 1.0
19 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.1 1.2
LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN DAD MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.0
21 BOB’S BURGERS-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 1.9 0.9
FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 1.9 1.1
WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 1.9 0.4
24 BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……Su 1.8 0.7
ES COURT COMBO CFE MTuWThF.. 1.8 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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