Syndicated TV ratings: ‘Family Feud’ leads a lower-rated Olympic week

“Family Feud” led the syndicated rankings for the week of Feb. 12, but it and most other shows took a ratings hit thanks to pre-emptions for the Winter Olympics.

In fact, a number of shows added an “Olympics” suffix to their titles for the week so the artificially depressed numbers won’t be counted against their season averages. Shows with “Olym” or “Olymp 2018” next to their titles opted for that strategy.

Top 25 syndicated shows (including ties) in households for Feb. 12-18, 2018

Rank Show Dist Days Household rating
Women 25-54 rating
1 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 6.5 2.7
2 JUDGE JUDY-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 6.4 2.4
3 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 6.0 2.5
4 JEOPARDY-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 5.8 1.8
5 WHEEL OF FORTUNE-OLYM CTD MTuWThF.. 5.7 1.9
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 4.7 2.8
7 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 3.1 1.1
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 3.0 1.7
9 DR. PHIL-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.9 1.2
WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 2.9 0.8
11 ENT TONIGHT-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.7 1.2
INSIDE EDITION-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.7 1.0
13 DATELINE WKLY (AT) NBU ……Su 2.6 1.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 2.6 1.5
MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.6 1.7
16 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.4 1.8
17 LIVE W/KELLY AND RYAN OLYMP 2018 DAD MTuWThF.. 2.3 1.1
18 HOT BENCH-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.2 0.9
JEOPARDY WEEKEND CTD ……Su 2.2 0.6
20 RELATIONSHIP COURT MGY MTuWThF.. 2.0 1.1
21 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW-OLYM WB MTuWThF.. 1.9 1.0
22 LAST MAN STANDING-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 1.8 1.0
23 THE GOLDBERGS (AT) SPT MTuWThFSa. 1.7 1.2
PEOPLE’S COURT (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 1.7 0.7
25 BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……Su 1.6 0.6
LAW & ORDER: CI-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 1.6 0.7
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE OLYMP 2018 DAD MTuWThF.. 1.6 0.6
TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 1.6 0.8


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.