You may have heard this before: “Judge Judy” and “Family Feud” were the top-rated weekday syndicated strips for Oct. 3-9.

“Judge Judy” was down slightly week to week (6.7 household rating vs. 6.9 the prior week) but held onto the No. 1 spot for the 10th consecutive week. “Family Feud” (6.3), meanwhile, beat out “Wheel of Fortune” (6.0) to lead the game-show category for the 24th week in a row — nearly half a year.

“Dr. Phil” (3.2) maintained its lead over “Live with Kelly” (2.4) in the talk-show race, although the gap was slightly smaller than the previous week, 0.8 vs. 1.0.

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for Oct. 3-9, 2016

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.7 2.7
2 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 6.3 2.9
3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.0 1.9
4 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 5.8 2.3
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 5.7 1.7
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.1 3.2
7 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……S 4.4 3.0
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SS 3.3 2.2
9 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.2 1.5
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 3.2 1.5
11 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 1.2
FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……S 2.9 1.3
13 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.7 2.2
14 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.6 1.5
MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.6 2.0
16 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……S 2.5 1.3
17 LIVE WITH KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.4 1.2
18 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.2 1.0
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.2 1.1
TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.2 1.2
21 BOB’S BURGERS-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.1 1.3
22 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 1.9 1.3
BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……S 1.9 0.8
24 ES COURT COMBO CFE MTWTF.. 1.8 0.8
25 LAW & ORDER: CI-MF-SYN(AT) NBU MTWTF.. 1.7 1.1
MIKE & MOLLY (AT) WB MTWTF.. 1.7 1.2


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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