Syndie Shows Up Ratings, 'Bang' Still Tops

The-Big-Bang-Theory-ADozens of syndication shows in the first week of February continue to grow over their seasonal averages with Warner Bros. Brand Networks' "Big Bang Theory" still at the top of the heap.

"The Big Bang Theory" landed at a Nielsen 12.3 million viewers for the week ending February 3, up over its 11.1 million seasonal viewer average.

CBS Television Distribution's "Wheel of Fortune" continues to have a firm hold on second place -- just behind "Theory" -- at 12.28 million viewers in its most recent weekly reading. It has a 10.8 million viewer seasonal average number.

CBS' "Jeopardy" was at 10.7 million viewers for the week ending Feb. 3, up over its 9.4 million number. CBS' "Judge Judy" also moved into the 10 million plus range recently -- at 10 million. Its seasonal average is at 9.4 million -- third-best overall syndication show.

Next in line among the big Monday to Friday shows: Warner Bros.' "Two and a Half Men" pulled in 8.2 million viewers (7.8 million seasonal number); Twentieth Television's "Family Feud" had 7.9 million viewers (6.7 million seasonal); Twentieth's "Family Guy" is at 5.6 million (5.8 million seasonal); CBS' "Entertainment Tonight" with 5.4 million (5.3 million seasonal); and CBS' "Inside Edition" at 4.7 million (4.3 million seasonal).

The biggest daily talk show continues to be CBS' "Dr. Phil" at 4.2 million (3.96 million seasonal) with Disney-ABC Domestic Television's "Live with Kelly & Michael" hitting 3.69 million (3.4 million seasonal) and Warner Bros. "Ellen DeGeneres" at 3.67 million (3.4 million seasonal) in second and third.

Best new show continues to be Disney's "Katie" at 2.58 million viewers (2.46 million seasonal). Farther down the list comes NBCUniversal Television Distribution's "Steve Harvey" at 2.25 million viewers (1.89 million seasonal).

Many syndicated TV shows' viewing data sold to national advertisers -- especially from off-broadcast network reruns -- also include a healthy supply of viewership, around 15% to 20%, from cable networks' airings of those repeat episodes.

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