‘Judge Judy’ Wins The Week And Season

The victory in the session ending Aug. 18 marks a full decade at the top of all first-run programs for Judy and six straight years as syndication’s highest rated show overall.

As the 2018-19 syndication season comes to a close, Judge Judy has emerged as the clear No. 1 show, leading the household ratings by a wide margin with a 6.8 live-plus-same-day season-to-date national Nielsen.

This marks a full decade at the top of all first-run programs for Judy and six straight years as syndication’s highest rated show overall.

Coming in second and third as of the session ending Aug. 18 were Jeopardy at a season-to-date 6.2, and Family Feud at a 6.1.

In the closely watched talk show category, Dr. Phil, which has finished first for 154 consecutive weeks, scored a 2.7 season average and was the frontrunner for the eighth year in a row, including a first-place tie in 2015-16.

Live with Kelly and Ryan, which also had a strong year, came closest to Phil with a 2.2 season-to-date, followed by Ellen DeGeneres at a 2.0.

For the current frame that ended Aug. 18, shows were mostly little changed. Judy ruled the ratings for the fifth time in six weeks with a 2% improvement to a one-month high 5.9, even though the strip was in reruns on all five days.


In tryout news, week six of the six-week test that began July 15 for comedic game show Punchline earned a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, which was off 40% from both its lead-ins and August 2018 time periods.

In another trial, the national numbers for the first week of a three-week test for talker Jerry O’ starring Jerry O’Connell airing on the Fox O&Os in Wendy Williams time periods were included in a blended 0.9 national rating for Wendy, which was in repeats in the session ending Aug. 18. That matched the previous week of Wendy alone.

The week’s top-rated daytime talk shows in the women 25-54 demo were:

  • Dr. Phil (0.8, +14% from the week before), tied with Live with Kelly and Ryan (0.8, unchanged)
  • Maury (0.7, +17%)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (0.5, unchanged), tied with Steve Wilkos (0.5, unchanged)

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.


Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.0 NC

Live with Kelly and Ryan (Disney-ABC) 1.9 NC

Ellen DeGeneres (WBDTD) 1.4 +8%

Maury (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Rachael Ray (CTD) 1.0 +11%

Steve Wilkos (NBCU) 1.0 NC

Wendy Williams (Debmar-Mercury) 0.9 NC

Steve (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Dr. Oz (Sony) 0.9 +13%

Face the Truth (CTD) 0.6 NC

The Real (WBDTD) 0.4 -20%

The Doctors (CTD) 0.4 NC

Jerry Springer (NBCU) 0.4 NC

Pickler & Ben (Disney-ABC) 0.3 NC


Judge Judy (CTD) 5.9 +2%

Hot Bench(CTD) 2.0 +5%

People’s Court (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

Judge Mathis (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Divorce Court (20th Television) 0.7 +17%

Caught in Providence (Debmar-Mercury) 0.5 NC


Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +2%

Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 NC

Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7 -2%

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC

Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


Right This Minute (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC


Dateline M-F (NBCU) 1.2 NC

Live PD: Police Patrol (Sony) 1.0 -9%

True Crime Files (20th Television) 0.3 NC


Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 0.8 NC


Inside Edition (CTD) 2.5 NC

Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.3 NC


Access (NBCU) 1.0 -9%

Extra (WBDTD) 0.9 NC

Daily Mail TV (CTD) 0.9 +13%

Page Six TV(20th Television) 0.5 NC

Celebrity Page (Trifecta) 0.2 NC


Big Bang Theory (WBDTD) 3.7 NC

Last Man Standing (20th Television) 2.1 NC

Modern Family (20th Television) 1.6 NC

Family Guy (20th Television) 1.4 +17%

Two and a Half Men (WBDTD) 1.3 NC

The Goldbergs(Sony) 1.2 NC

Mike and Molly (WBDTD) 1.0 +11%

Black-ish (Disney-ABC) 1.0 +11%

Seinfeld (Sony) 1.0 NC

Two Broke Girls (WBDTD) 0.9 +13%


Dateline Weekly (NBCU) 2.9 +4%

NCIS: New Orleans (CTD) 1.3 NC

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBCU) 1.3 NC

Chicago P.D. (NBCU) 1.1 -8%

Castle (Disney-ABC) 1.0 -17%

American Ninja Warrior (NBCU) 0.9 NC

Madam Secretary (CTD) 0.9 +13%

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[email protected] says:

August 27, 2019 at 8:11 pm

I’m hoping in the next couple of weeks that Live With Kelly & Ryan beats Dr. Phil in the ratings that would be a good thing. Since I don’t like Dr. Phil.

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