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Syndicated Show Surges in Ratings, Raises Pressure on 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel' in Key Demo TVWeek

A shakeup may be taking place in the syndication rankings, with segment leaders “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” getting increased pressure from “Family Feud.”

“Feud” saw a 50% ratings surge for its 14th-season debut, scoring a 3.9 in households to rank No. 4 among all first-run strips, distributor Debmar-Mercury and producer FremantleMedia North America reported. In the key demo of women 25-54, “Feud” surged 46% to a 1.9, topping “Jeopardy!” (1.5) and tying “Wheel.”

“According to the national ranking report for the week ended Sept. 16, the fast-rising ‘Feud,’ hosted by highly popular multi-hyphenate stand-up comedian, actor, author, deejay and new talk show host Steve Harvey, also leapt 30% year-to-year from a 3.0 average household rating during the recently concluded 2011-12 season,” the companies said in a press release.

Debmar-Mercury has secured additional clearances for the show between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. -- increasing the exposure for “Feud” in the period from “a handful of stations to more than 70% of its national lineup,” the announcement notes, adding that the show has already been renewed through 2015.

Click here to read the full announcement from Debmar-Mercury and Fremantle.