Review based on a national syndicated rating report for the week ending September 26, 2021.
Jeopardy (5.4 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 6% from the week before), with temporary host Mayim Bialik at the podium, tied Family Feud (5.4, up 2%) for the overall syndication crown in the session ending September 26.
Feud, which was in reruns, will unveil its new season on October 11. The last time Jeopardy ruled syndication was the week ending April 18, 2021 with guest host Aaron Rodgers.
Judge Judy (9-week high 4.7, up 4%) laid down the law, topping the court shows and everything else in daytime despite some preemptions for President Biden’s September 21 United Nations address.
The 15 talk shows were led by the triumvirate of Dr. Phil (19-week high 1.8, up 6%), Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.6, down 6%) and Ellen DeGeneres (1.0, steady). Determined to go out on a high note, DeGeneres has averaged more than 1.4-million viewers each day and has seen its ratings rally 25% over the prior two weeks in this its 19th and final season.