Syndicated ratings were down somewhat in the week of March 14-20, thanks in part to the first round of the NCAA Tournament mucking up daytime schedules on CBS stations and providing extra competition to others.

“Family Feud” climbed back on top of the game-show rankings for the week with a 6.4 household rating, topping the previous week’s winner, “Wheel of Fortune.” “Judge Judy” remained the No. 1 weekday strip with a 6.5. “Dr. Phil” and “Live with Kelly and Michael” shared the top talk-show rating at 2.9

Top 25 syndicated shows (including ties) in households for March 14-20, 2016

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……S 7.4 2.8
2 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 6.5 2.8
3 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 6.4 3.2
4 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTWTF.. 6.0 1.9
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 5.9 3.9
6 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 5.7 1.7
7 LAW & ORDER:SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……S 4.8 2.9
8 MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 3.5 2.7
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SS 3.5 2.2
10 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTW…. 3.3 1.5
11 LIVE WITH KELLY & MICHAEL DAD MTWTF.. 2.9 1.4
11t DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTW…. 2.9 1.3
13 FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……S 2.9 1.2
13t FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.9 1.5
15 THE CLOSER (AT) WB ……S 2.8 1.4
15t TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.7 1.4
17 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.7 1.1
18 HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTWTF.. 2.5 1.0
19 MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……S 2.5 1.8
19t ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTWTF.. 2.4 1.2
21 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……S 2.4 0.7
21t FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.1 1.3
21t MIKE AND MOLLY (AT) WB MTWTF.. 2.1 1.5
24 BLUE BLOODS (AT) CTD ……S 2.1 0.8
25 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTWTF.. 2.0 1.4
25t ES COURT COMBO CFE MTWTF.. 2.0 1.0


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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