Syndicated TV ratings: ‘Judge Judy’ and others rebound vs. Olympics in the week of Feb. 19-25

After a down week with heavy pre-emptions for the Winter Olympics, ratings for syndicated shows returned to mostly normal levels in the week of Feb. 19.

The Olympics still crowded out some shows, but they didn’t hurt the numbers much. “Judge Judy” led the week with a 7.3 household rating, in line with its usual performance. “Family Feud” was half a point behind in second.

Shows with “Olym” or “Olymp 2018” in the chart below changed their titles for the week, where some pre-emptions occurred for the Olympics. The weekly numbers won’t be included in those shows’ season averages.

Top 25 syndicated shows (including ties) in households for Feb. 19-25, 2018

Rank Show Dist Days Household rating
Women 25-54 rating
1 JUDGE JUDY-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 7.3 2.8
2 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 6.8 2.9
WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 6.8 2.9
4 JEOPARDY-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 6.1 1.9
5 WHEEL OF FORTUNE-OLYM CTD MTuWThF.. 5.8 2.0
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 4.9 2.8
7 DATELINE WKLY (AT) NBU ……Su 3.6 1.9
LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 3.6 2.1
9 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 3.4 1.1
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 3.1 1.8
DR. PHIL-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.1 1.3
12 ENT TONIGHT-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.8 1.3
INSIDE EDITION-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.8 1.1
14 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 2.7 0.8
15 MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.6 1.7
16 HOT BENCH-OLYM (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.5 0.9
17 LIVE W/KELLY AND RYAN OLYMP 2018 DAD MTuWThF.. 2.3 1.1
MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.3 1.7
19 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW-OLYM WB MTu.ThF.. 2.2 1.1
20 JEOPARDY WEEKEND CTD ……Su 2.1 0.5
RELATIONSHIP COURT MGY MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.1
22 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-SYN (AT) NBU ……Su 1.9 1.0
LAST MAN STANDING-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 1.9 1.2
24 BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……Su 1.8 0.7
THE GOLDBERGS (AT) SPT MTuWThFSa. 1.8 1.2
THE PEOPLE’S COURT (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 1.8 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.