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October 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The list of the top television shows has taken on a weekly pattern, differing only slightly from week to week. Beyond the rankings, however, the actual number of viewers most shows are attracting is falling below those of year ago. CBS may continue to stride well ahead of its rivals, but it’s drawing 3 percent fewer 18-49-year-old viewers than last year. Media Post said Tuesday that was the first time the network has experienced such a huge loss since the late 1980s. Just four network shows are showing significant improvement, the publication observed, NBC’s Sunday Night Football; Fox’s Glee; ABC’s Modern Family and Dancing with the Stars. All three of the nightly newscasts are showing anemic results. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams again topped the list with 7.81 million viewers. Its lead against ABC World News with Diane Sawyer has shrunk, with the Sawyer newscast drawing 7.25 million last week. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric remained far behind with 5.50 million viewers. For the week, CBS led with a 6.8 average rating and a 12 share. ABC was in second place with a 5.6/9. Fox and NBC were tied with an identical 4.5/8.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:

1. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 12.3/19; 2. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 11.7/19; 3. NCIS, CBS, 11.6/18; 4. Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 10.2/16; 5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.7/15; 6. The Mentalist, CBS, 9.4/16; 7. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 8.9/14; 8. Criminal Minds, CBS, 8.7/14; 9. 60 Minutes, CBS, 8.3/14; 9. (Tie) Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 8.3/14.