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‘Jeopardy!’ Narrowly Loses Out to ‘Judge Judy’ in May Sweeps Ratings

Despite the Herculean efforts of “Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer, the long-running game show was unable to snap the May sweeps win streak of “Judge Judy.”

From April 25 – May 22, “Judge Judy” averaged a 7.1 household rating compared to “Jeopardy’s” 7.0. “Judge Judy’s” numbers were in line with last year, while “Jeopardy!” was up an impressive 19%. This marks the tenth straight year in which “Judge Judy” has topped May sweeps.

Elsewhere, “Dr. Phil” once again ruled over all its daytime talk show competition, though the show was down 13% from last year. “Live with Kelly and Ryan” ticked up 5% to a 2.2, breaking the tie for second place with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” from last year. “Ellen” was at a 2.0, down 5% from last year.

See the top 25 shows for the 2019 May sweeps below, ranked by household ratings.

Program Originator Household Rating Total Viewers
JUDGE JUDY (AT) CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 7.1 9,869
JEOPARDY (AT) CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 7.0 11,096
FAMILY FEUD (AT) DEBMAR- MERCURY 5.9 8,864
WHEEL OF FORTUNE CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 5.9 9,443
WEEKEND ADVENTURE DADT/LITTON 5.2 7,118
BIG BANG-SYN (AT) WARNER BROS. TV 4.3 6,463
FAMILY FEUD WKD (AT) CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 3.5 5,082
DATELINE WKLY (AT) NBC UNIVERSAL 3.1 4,166
DR. PHIL SHOW (AT) CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 2.8 3,796
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT(AT) CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 2.8 4,009
INSIDE EDITION (AT) CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 2.8 3,952
BIG BANG WKND (AT) WARNER BROS. TV 2.5 3,922
HOT BENCH (AT) CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 2.3 3,072
WHEEL OF FORTUNE WKND CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 2.3 3,551
LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN DISNEY ABC DOMEST TV 2.2 2,825
LAST MAN STNDG-MF-SYN(AT) 20TH TELEVISION 2.0 2,996
MODERN FAMILY-WK-SYN (AT) 20TH TELEVISION 2.0 2,935
ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW WARNER BROS. TV 2.0 2,774
ACCESS LV-WKD NBC UNIVERSAL 1.9 2,457
MODERN FAMILY-MF-SYN (AT) 20TH TELEVISION 1.7 2,509
JEOPARDY WEEKEND CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 1.6 2,484
MILLIONAIRE (AT) DISNEY ABC DOMEST TV 1.6 2,159
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (AT) CBS TV DISTRIBUTION 1.5 2,121
RELATIONSHIP COURT MGM DOMESTIC TV DIST 1.5 2,101
GOLDBERGS (AT) SONY PICTURES TV 1.4 2,036

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