The Ratings

The Chat Pack

And she thought launching a sitcom was hard. Ellen DeGeneres' syndicated talk show (84th) is managing good -- but not great -- ratings after three weeks on the air. With 1.6 million viewers, she's a bit behind fellow newcomer Sharon Osbourne (73rd) but ahead of ''Living It Up!'''s Ali and Jack (106th). The lesson: Old standbys dominate in syndication. ''Oprah'' (3rd) is on top of the talk world with 8.3 million viewers, ''Judge Judy'' (10th) and ''Judge Joe Brown'' (18th) hold court in the ever-popular justice genre, and ''Wheel of Fortune'' (1st) and ''Jeopardy!'' (2nd) are still winners. As for scripted shows, ''She Spies''' season premiere (29th) vamped it up to become the highest-rated original series with 3.2 million viewers, while ''Friends'' (3rd) and ''Everybody Loves Raymond'' (6th) continued to top off-net sitcoms.

TOP 30 SYNDICATED SHOWS

VIEWERS*

1 12.8 WHEEL OF FORTUNE 2 9.3 JEOPARDY! 3 8.3 THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW 8.3 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON 8.3 FRIENDS 6 8.1 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND 7 8.0 SEINFELD 8 7.7 SEINFELD (WEEKEND) 9 7.0 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT 10 6.5 DR. PHIL 6.5 JUDGE JUDY 12 5.1 THAT '70S SHOW 13 5.0 WILL & GRACE 14 4.5 LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY 15 4.3 INSIDE EDITION 4.3 FRIENDS (WEEKEND) 4.3 WHEEL OF FORTUNE (WEEKEND) 18 4.1 WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE 4.1 JUDGE JOE BROWN 20 4.0 KING OF THE HILL 4.0 MOVIE: MGM LEGACY I 22 3.9 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (WEEKEND) 23 3.8 HOME IMPROVEMENT 24 3.6 THE KING OF QUEENS 25 3.5 ACCESS HOLLYWOOD 26 3.4 MAURY 27 3.3 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (WEEKEND) 3.3 FRASIER 29 3.2 MOVIE: BUENA VISTA IV 3.2 SHE SPIES 3.2 DIVORCE COURT

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF SEPT. 22-28, 2003 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Oct 24, 2003 Published in issue #734 Oct 24, 2003 Order article reprints