TOP 30 RANKINGS – WEEK OF DECEMBER 17
Red-hot The Big Bang Theory from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution topped the syndication (first-run and off-network) rating charts for the week of December 17 (based on AA – average audience – household ratings from Nielsen). But another highlight of note was Live with Kelly & Michael overrating usual leader Dr. Phil from CBS as the No. 1 option in syndicated talk. Live built by eight percent from one week earlier, tying its highest rating of the season (when Michael Strahan was revealed as Kelly Ripa’s new co-host). Ellen from Warner Bros. finished first in the genre in both total viewers (3.67 million) and women 25-54 (1.8 rating).
In freshman syndicated talk, Katie from Disney-ABC remained the No. 1 option with a 1.8 in households (no change from one week earlier), followed by Steve Harvey (NBCUniversal: 1.4, no change), Ricki Lake (Twentieth: 0.7, +17 percent), Jeff Probst (CBS: 0.7, no change) and Trisha (NBCU: 0.5, no change).
What follows are the top 30 rated programs of this pre-holiday week:
The Big Bang Theory (Warner Bros.): 7.4 rating; Wheel of Fortune (CBS Television Distribution): 7.3; ESPN Regular Season (ESPN): 7.0; Judge Judy (CBS): 6.7; Jeopardy (CBS): 6.4; Two and a Half Men (Warner Bros.): 5.5; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 5.4; Weekend Adventure (Disney/ABC-Litton): 5.1; The Big Bang Theory – Weekend A (Warner Bros.): 4.8; Family Feud (Twentieth): 4.7; Family Guy – Weekend (Twentieth): 4.2; Family Guy – Monday-Friday (Twentieth): 4.0; Law & Order: SVU (NBCUniversal): 3.8; Entertainment Tonight (CBS): 3.6; Wheel of Fortune – Weekend (CBS): 3.5; Inside Edition (CBS): 3.2; Law & Order (NBCU): 3.1; How I Met Your Mother – Monday-Friday (Twentieth), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) and How I Met Your Mother – Weekend (Twentieth): 2.9 each; Live with Kelly & Michael (Disney-ABC): 2.8; Ellen (Warner Bros.): 2.7; Dr. Phil (CBS), Seinfeld (Sony Pictures Television), Criminal Minds (CBS) and CSI: Miami (CBS): 2.6 each; Seinfeld – Weekend (Sony Pictures Television): 2.5; King of the Hill (Twentieth), Maury (NBCU) and Two and a Half Men – Weekend B (Warner Bros.): 2.4 each