Syndicated TV ratings: ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ hits season high in the week of Nov. 20-26

Thanksgiving week was a short one for a number of syndicated shows, as they took off Thursday and Friday. In at least one case, however, it was also a strong week.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” scored a season-high 2.6 rating in households, finishing second to “Dr. Phil” (2.8 for reruns) among talk shows. “Ellen” was two tenths of a point ahead of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” which matched its season high.

“Judge Judy” remained No. 1 overall with a 7.4 rating, well ahead of “Family Feud” and “Jeopardy,” which tied for second at 5.7.

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for Nov. 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Dist Days Household rating
Women 25-54 rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTuW…. 7.4 2.8
2 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 5.7 2.4
JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTuWTh… 5.7 1.7
4 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTuWTh… 5.6 1.7
5 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 5.1 2.2
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 4.4 2.5
7 DATELINE WKLY (AT) NBU ……Su 3.1 1.7
INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTuW…. 3.1 1.2
9 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.9 1.2
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 2.8 1.7
DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.8 1.2
MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.8 2.0
13 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTuWThF.. 2.7 1.2
LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 2.7 1.7
15 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTuW…. 2.6 1.3
16 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTuW…. 2.5 0.9
17 LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN DAD MTuW…. 2.4 1.1
18 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 2.2 0.7
19 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.2
TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.0
21 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……Su 1.9 1.0
22 RELATIONSHIP COURT MGY MTuWThF.. 1.8 1.0
23 BOB’S BURGERS-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 1.7 1.0
THE GOLDBERGS (AT) SPT MTuWThFSa. 1.7 1.1
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD MTuW…. 1.7 0.6


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.