Syndicated TV ratings: ‘Judge Judy’ and ‘Family Feud’ trade spots again

Continuing a pattern that began in the first week of the year, “Judge Judy” and “Family Feud” traded places in the syndication rankings for the week of Jan. 29.

“Judge Judy” reclaimed the No. 1 spot for the start of the February sweep period with a 7.6 household ranking, half a point better than “Family Feud’s” 7.1. “Dr. Phil” (3.8) maintained its run as the No. 1 talk show with a 3.8, its best showing since November.

Top 25 syndicated shows (including ties) in households for Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2018

Rank Show Dist Days Household rating
Women 25-54 rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 7.6 2.7
2 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 7.1 3.1
3 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 7.0 2.7
4 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 6.8 2.0
WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTuWThF.. 6.8 2.2
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 5.3 3.1
7 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 4.2 2.3
8 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 4.0 1.5
9 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.8 1.6
10 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.4 1.3
11 DATELINE WKLY (AT) NBU ……Su 3.3 1.9
12 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 3.2 1.4
13 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 3.0 0.8
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 2.8 1.6
ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTuWThF.. 2.8 1.4
16 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.6 1.0
MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.6 1.8
18 LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN DAD MTuWThF.. 2.3 1.1
19 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……Su 2.2 1.1
JEOPARDY WEEKEND CTD ……Su 2.2 0.5
21 MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.1 1.5
RELATIONSHIP COURT MGY MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.1
23 LAW & ORDER: CI-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 2.0 1.0
24 LAST MAN STANDING-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 1.9 1.3
25 THE GOLDBERGS (AT) SPT MTuWThFSa. 1.8 1.2
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE (AT) DAD 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.