‘Judge Judy’ Tops Syndication Ratings for 10th Straight Year

James Holzhauer’s 32-game run helped “Jeopardy” leapfrog “Family Feud” for second

Last Updated: August 27, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

“Judge Judy” led all syndicated programs for the 2018-2019 syndication season with a 6.8 household rating, according to Nielsen. It was the long-running court show’s 10th consecutive year leading, all “first-run” (i.e. not repeats of old sitcoms) syndicated programs.

“Judge Judy” hasn’t finished second since 2009.

It was also the show’s sixth straight year leading all syndicated shows in household ratings. This season, “Judy” drew an average audience of 10.17 million total viewers in Nielsen’s live-plus-seven metric.

“Judy” also won the final week of the season, which ended Aug. 18, despite airing all repeats the entire week.

“Jeopardy,” which saw a ratings infusion from James Holzhauer’s 31-game winning streak, finished in second for the season with a 6.2 rating, narrowly topping “Family Feud” (6.1). The six-week run helped the show improve by 2% over last year and jump ahead of “Feud,” which dropped 6% from a year ago.

Holzhauer’s streak-busting episode back in June was the show’s highest-rated since 2004. It drew a 10.1 rating overall and 2.2 among adults under 50, beating that night’s highest-rated broadcast show, ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” by more than double.

“Dr. Phil” led all talk shows with a 2.7 rating, extending its own winning streak to eight years as the top-rated talk show in syndication (which includes one first-place tie in 2015-2016). “Dr. Phil” has finished first in his vertical for 154 straight weeks (or nearly three years). “Live With Kelly and Ryan” came in second among talk shows with a 2.2 rating, while “Ellen DeGeneres” finished in third with a 2.0 average rating.