“Judge Judy” spent its ninth straight week as the top syndicated strip on TV for the week of May 22.

It logically follows that the show also led the May sweep period, since that runs for only four weeks and change. For the week, “Judge Judy” averaged a 6.9 household rating.

“Family Feud” finished second with a 6.2 for the week. “Live with Kelly and Ryan” improved a tenth of a point over the previous week to 2.2, tying “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for second among talk shows. “Dr. Phil” remained comfortably in the lead among talk shows at 3.3.

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for May 22-28, 2017

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 6.9 2.8
2 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 6.2 2.8
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTuWThF.. 5.8 1.9
4 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 5.6 1.7
5 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 5.5 2.5
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 4.6 2.8
7 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 3.7 2.2
8 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.3 1.4
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTuWThF.. 2.9 1.3
FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.9 1.1
11 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 2.8 1.8
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.7 1.1
13 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.6 2.0
MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.6 1.8
15 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 2.5 0.6
16 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……Su 2.3 1.1
HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.3 0.9
18 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTuWThF.. 2.2 1.1
LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN DAD MTuWThF.. 2.2 1.0
20 TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.1
21 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.0 1.0
22 BOB’S BURGERS-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 1.9 1.1
ES COURT COMBO CFE MTuWThF.. 1.9 0.9
24 BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……Su 1.8 0.6
FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 1.8 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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