Syndie Shows Improve Performance

U.S. syndication’s top shows slightly improved their viewership this past season.

CBS Television Distribution’s “Wheel of Fortune” took the top spot again in terms of average total viewers for its Monday to Friday showings -- up 3% over a year ago to 10.56 million viewers, according to Nielsen, for the time period from September 9, 2013 through August 24, 2014.

CBS’ “Judge Judy” was next at 9.94 million, gaining 8% -- followed by CBS’ “Jeopardy” at 9.7 million viewers, which also improved 8%.

In fourth place was Warner Bros. Brand Networks’ “Big Bang Theory” at 9.3 million, down 14%. Twentieth Television’s “Family Feud” was next at 7.4 million, 8% higher, followed by Twentieth’s “Modern Family” at 6.4 million, for its first season in syndication; and Warner Bros.' “Two and a Half Men” at 5.2 million, down 27%.



CBS’ “Entertainment Tonight” was in eighth place at 5.0 million viewers, flat versus a year ago. Twentieth’s “Family Guy” (4.3 million, off 19%) and CBS’ “Inside Edition” (4.2 million, up 1%) rounded out the top 10.

The No. 1 show among key 18-49 viewers for those Monday to Friday syndication shows remains “Big Bang Theory” by a wide margin -- with a Nielsen 3.1 rating, down 18% versus a year ago. “Modern Family” is next with a 2.5 average rating for its first season, followed by “Family Guy” with a 1.9 rating, down 21%; “Judge Judy” with a 1.7 rating, off 6%; “Family Feud” with a 1.7 rating, even versus a year ago; and “Two and a Half Men” with a 1.5 rating, down 32%.

The top talk shows were CBS’ “Dr. Phil” at 4.03 million viewers, up 7%; ABC Syndication’s “Live with Kelly & Michael” at 3.8 million viewers, 12% higher; and Warner Bros. “Ellen DeGeneres” at 3.5 million -- down 10%.

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