“Judge Judy” began a new season in syndication much the way it ended the previous one: in first place in the ratings.

The show’s premiere week led the syndicated rankings for Sept. 11-17 by a healthy margin. “Judy’s” 7.1 household rating was a point better than second-place “Family Feud,” which itself continued its dominance of the game-show category.

“Dr. Phil” also got a ratings bump with its premiere week. Its 3.3 rating was the show’s best since late April.

Top 25 syndicated shows (including ties) in households for Sept. 11-17, 2017

Rank Show Dist Days Household rating
Women 25-54 rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 7.1 2.8
2 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 6.1 2.7
3 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 5.5 1.6
4 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTuWThF.. 5.5 1.8
5 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 5.2 2.0
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 4.5 2.7
7 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 4.2 2.1
8 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.3 1.4
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTuWThF.. 3.0 1.4
10 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.9 1.1
THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 2.9 1.8
12 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.7 1.1
13 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.5 1.8
14 MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.4 1.5
15 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.3 0.8
16 LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN DAD .TuWThF.. 2.1 1.0
FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.1 1.3
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.1
19 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……Su 2.0 1.2
20 TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 1.9 1.0
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-SYN (AT) NBU ……Su 1.9 0.9
22 BOB’S BURGERS-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 1.8 1.3
BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……Su 1.8 0.7
24 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 1.7 1.0
THE PEOPLE’S COURT (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 1.7 0.7


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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