“Judge Judy” started a new season in the same place as it ended the old season: ranking first among syndicated strips.

The show opened its 21st season with a 7.0 household rating, good enough for a seventh straight week at the top of the charts. “Family Feud” held onto second with a 6.3.

“Dr. Phil” easily led the talk show race with a 3.8 in households, topping “Live with Kelly” (2.5) by more than full point.

Outside the Top 25, Harry Connick Jr.’s show “Harry” averaged a 1.4 for its first week, putting it between “Steve Harvey” (1.5) and “Dr. Oz” (1.3). “Oz,” incidentally, didn’t get much of a boost from a hyped appearance by presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sept. 15. The show was only up a tenth of a point from the previous week.

Top 25 syndicated shows (including ties) in households for Sept. 12-18, 2016

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.0 2.9
2 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 6.3 2.8
3 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 5.9 2.5
4 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 5.7 1.8
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 5.4 1.6
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.0 3.1
7 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.8 1.7
8 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……S 3.4 2.2
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 2.9 1.3
THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SS 2.9 1.9
FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……S 2.9 1.2
12 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.7 2.1
INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 1.1
14 LIVE WITH KELLY DAD MTWTF.. 2.5 1.1
15 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.3 1.1
ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.3 1.2
TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.3 1.2
FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.3 1.3
ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……S 2.3 1.4
20 BOB’S BURGERS-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.2 1.2
21 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.0 1.2
BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……S 2.0 0.7
23 MIKE AND MOLLY (AT) WB MTWTF.. 1.9 1.2
MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 1.9 1.3
25 ES COURT COMBO CFE MTWTF.. 1.8 0.9
2 BROKE GIRLS-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 1.8 1.3


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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