Thanksgiving week was a mostly down frame in the syndication rankings — with the notable exception of the No. 1 show, “Judge Judy.”

The series scored a season-high 7.5 household rating for the week (airing Monday-Wednesday only) and ran its winning streak to 17 weeks. “Family Feud” and “Dr. Phil” stayed atop their respective game-show and talk-show categories.

Top 25 syndicated shows in households for Nov. 21-27, 2016

Rank Show Dist Days Household Rating Women 25-54 Rating
1 JUDGE JUDY (AT) CTD MTuW…. 7.5 3.2
2 WEEKEND ADVENTURE DAL ……Su 6.4 2.8
3 FAMILY FEUD (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 6.0 2.7
4 WHEEL OF FORTUNE CTD MTuWThF.. 5.6 1.9
5 JEOPARDY (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 5.3 1.7
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 5.1 3.2
7 THE BIG BANG THEORY WKND (AT) WB …..SaSu 3.7 2.5
8 LAW & ORDER: SVU-WKL (AT) NBU ……Su 3.3 2.1
FAMILY FEUD-WK (AT) 2/T ……Su 3.1 1.4
10 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CTD MTuWThF.. 3.0 1.3
11 MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.9 1.8
12 DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.8 1.3
MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.8 2.0
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WB MTuW…. 2.6 1.3
15 INSIDE EDITION (AT) CTD MTuWThF.. 2.6 1.0
16 FAMILY GUY-WK-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.5 1.6
HOT BENCH (AT) CTD MTuW…. 2.5 1.1
LIVE WITH KELLY DAD MTuW…. 2.5 1.2
ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE-WKD NBU ……Su 2.3 1.4
20 TWO AND A HALF MEN-SYN (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 2.3 1.2
21 BOB’S BURGERS-SYN (AT) 2/T ……Su 2.1 1.4
22 ES COURT COMBO CFE MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.1
23 FAMILY GUY-MF-SYN (AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 2.1 1.3
24 WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CTD ……Su 2.0 0.7
LAST MAN STANDING-MF-SYN(AT) 2/T MTuWThF.. 1.9 1.1
MIKE & MOLLY (AT) WB MTuWThF.. 1.9 1.3


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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