Courtroom show “Hot Bench” recorded series-high ratings for the week of Jan. 18-24.

The show earned a 2.6 household rating for the week, a 44 percent gain vs. the same week last year. It’s the No. 2 court show in syndication behind “Judge Judy.”

The top of the week’s rankings look much the same as they usually do, with “Judge Judy” (7.9) edging “Wheel of Fortune” (7.8) for the top spot.

Steve Harvey also had a good week. “Family Feud” (7.5) had its best household rating since the advent of people meters in 1987, and Harvey’s talk show drew a series-high 2.3, fueled by his interviews with Miss Universe and Miss Colombia, whom he mistakenly announced as the winner.

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for Jan. 18-24, 2016

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.9 3.5
2 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 7.8 2.7
2t WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 7.8 3.5
4 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 7.5 4.0
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 7.2 2.3
6 BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 6.4 4.1
7 LAW & ORDER:SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……S 5.2 3.3
8 BIG BANG WKND (AT) WB …..SS 4.8 3.3
9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTWTF.. 3.8 1.9
10 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.5 2.6
11 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.4 1.6
12 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 3.3 1.4
12t FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……S 3.3 1.7
12t WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 3.3 1.0
15 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 3.2 1.5
16 TWO-HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 3.0 1.6
17 ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.8 1.5
17t FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.8 1.6
19 MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.7 2.1
19t CLOSER (AT) WB ……S 2.7 1.3
21 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.6 1.0
22 JEOPARDY WEEKEND CTD ……S 2.4 0.8
23 STEVE HARVEY (AT) NBU MTWTF.. 2.3 1.1
23t MIKE AND MOLLY (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.3 1.6
25 2 BROKE GIRLS-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.2 1.6
25t ACCESS HOLLYWD LV-WKD NBU ……S 2.2 1.4


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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