Ratings: ‘Family Feud’ Tops All of Syndication for First Time

Family Fued Steve Harvey

In an especially good week for its host Steve Harvey, “Family Feud” has ascended to the No. 1 spot on the syndication ratings chart for the first time.

Nielsen estimates for the week of June 8-12 show that “Feud,” produced by FremantleNorth America and distributed by Debmar-Mercury, averaged a 6.1 household rating to edge out longtime gameshow leaders “Wheel of Fortune” (6.0) and “Jeopardy” (5.9). The Nielsen survey said “Feud” was up a big 33% vs. the same week a year ago (4.5).

“Family Feud” had tied “Jeopardy” once before, but last week marked the first time since the advent of Nielsen People-Meters in 1987 that it had caught or surpassed “Wheel of Fortune” as the most-popular gameshow in syndication. And it also had to fend off “Judge Judy” (6.0), as the long-running court show typically stands as No. 1 overall in the household ratings derby.

“Family Feud” continues to dominate among syndicated originals in key demo categories, with its 2.6 rating in adults 25-54 easily besting “Judge Judy” (2.1), “Wheel of Fortune” (1.7) and “Jeopardy” (1.6). Similarly in women 25-54, its 3.2 rating put it comfortably ahead of “Judge Judy” (2.7), “Wheel of Fortune” (1.9) and “Jeopardy” (1.8), according to Nielsen.

The milestone victory for “Family Feud” comes on the heels of a strong premiere for “Celebrity Family Feud,” the six-week summer series for ABC — also hosted by Harvey — that bowed last Sunday. It drew 8.66 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49, making it the week’s No. 1 primetime series telecast in the demo.

And Harvey’s own daytime talkshow, “Steve Harvey,” last week was the biggest year-over-year gainer among talkers, up 20% vs. the same frame a year ago (1.8 vs. 1.5 in households).

Harvey took over as host of “Family Feud” in September 2010, and the show has been building in the ratings ever since. His talkshow, produced by Endemol Shine and distributed nationally by NBCUniversal Television Distribution, bowed in September 2012.



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  1. Rebecca says:

    Just a thoght…
    When the “Feud” first started it was like the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s now everytime I watch the show it has a feeling of black ‘vs’ white…
    What happened to all the other races out there?
    Why does it feel like a war of races?

  2. Rebecca Webb says:

    I’ve been a Steve Harvey fan forever. Since the Kings of Comedy and before. Steve has a demeanor that puts people at ease by being his down to earth, crazy by nature but respectful self. He’s a joy to watch because no matter what kind of day you had… That man is gonna make you smile! He’s a self made man that literally was rags to riches, bu t hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Much love and respect Mr.Harvey, here’s to many more years ON TOP!!

  3. rayar8 says:

    Love Steve since he was at “Showtime at the Apollo” and I always love “Family Feud” first with Richard Dawson and Ray Combs. Steve is a great choice for this show.

  4. Alice Olvera says:

    I was never allowed to have black friends growing up. So all my life I’ve pretty much stayed away from black people, but I love to watch Steve Harvey, he has a unique way if making people laugh. Steve is the reason that I have been able to accept my daughters husband. He has showed me that he truly loves his kids the way I love mine, he loves his wife and I have seen him shed tears for all the happiness she has brought to his life and he loves his mom the way I loved mine, he is a wonderful human being and I love him. Thank you for letting me see the light. I love both shows you do. your awesome. Alice

  5. lorraine says:

    I think that Steve Harvey is a great comedian and talk show host, but as on the Family Feud, as the host, I don’t like him. I find that he is disrespectful to the contestant, making fun of their comments, hitting/punching them, I know its not hard, and LEAVE THE MEN’S TIES ALONE. How would he feel if one of the contestants decided he did not like the way he puts the hanky in the pockets. I got to the point that I no longer watch Family Feud with Steve Harvey. Sorry Steve.

  6. Family Feud is a favorite of mine. Harvey has a great sense of humor. He is gracious with all contestants. It seems like a fun show. But you can pick up whats trending. Harvey is a entertaining host. Great choice. Keep up the good ratings.

  7. Beverly says:

    Congratulations! I love watching Mr. Harvey on anything. He has a way of making a dark day bright even when he is not trying. He has the gift to make people laugh. Often times that may be all you need to release some stress. Keep up the good work and may God continue to show you favor. Much love Mr. Harvey! :-)

  8. FREDDY says:

    Call it accidental or whatever,but browsing face book and looking at STEVE HARVEY this comment comes along……..Congrats Mr HARVEY on this mile stone.

  9. Bobby Rooney says:

    the show is fun, something the others are not. jeopardy is a fun as ben stein teaching economics. there used to be so many fun game shows around…all have been replaced with garbage reality tv shows.

  10. Irene Adams says:

    I love Steve Harvey. He is everyday guy. I love his facial expressions to some of the answers. They are saying what we at home are thinking.


  12. Family Fun and laughter, after big Sunday dinner, This is something the whole family can enjoy. Looking forward to next Sunday at 8 pm

  13. I love Family Feud now, i think Steve Harvey is the best thing that could have happened to the show. I watch it on every channel it is showed, CONGRATS to EVERYONE involved.

  14. I am grateful for your extending the time. I would rush home from work and sometimes would barely catch it. Now I have time since it runs two hours instead of one.
    Steve Harvey is such an easy guy – he shows his vulnerability and that makes him so human and endearing. Also, the show reflects the society in which we live in such a positive way. It shows people of different cultures having fun together. And especially this week with the horrible incident in South Carolina, the show gives hope that we can get along as one – out of many one – the great America.
    The show helps me to relax after a day’s work.
    Good job!

  15. I always liked Ray Combs as host. However Steve Harvey brings an energy to the show that has never been there before. Congratulations to Steve and crew!! Well deserved.

  16. Coop says:

    Now all they have to do is offer the contestants more money. CHEAPEST game show
    on the air.

  17. Pat M says:

    Steve is the effin man!!! He is hilarious!

  18. michael joseph says:

    congrats to the whole production team lead by Gaby Johnston

  19. daisy says:

    way to go steve!

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