“Family Feud” finished second to “Judge Judy,” as it’s done for the past few months, in the overall syndication rankings for Oct. 17-23. But among game shows, it hit a milestone.

The show ranked first among syndicated game shows for the week with a 6.5 household rating, half a point better than “Wheel of Fortune.” It also marked its 26th straight week — exactly half a year — as the top game show.

“Judge Judy,” meanwhile, finished No. 1 overall for the 12th consecutive week.

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for Oct. 17-23, 2016

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.. 6.5 2.9
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTuWThF.. 6.0 2.1
4 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 5.7 1.7
5 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 5.6 2.1
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 5.1 3.2
7 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 4.2 2.8
8 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.3 1.6
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTuWThF.. 3.2 1.5
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 3.0 1.8
11 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.9 2.2
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.8 1.1
13 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……Su 2.7 1.6
FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.7 1.4
MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.7 1.8
16 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.6 1.2
17 LIVE WITH KELLY DAD MTuWThF.. 2.4 1.2
18 THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTuWThF.. 2.3 1.2
TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 2.3 1.2
20 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.2 1.0
21 BOB’S BURGERS-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.0 1.2
ES COURT COMBO CFE MTuWThF.. 2.0 1.0
WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 2.0 0.7
24 BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……Su 1.9 0.8
FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 1.9 1.1


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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