RATINGS: EVERYBODY’S A WINNER (OR SO THEY SAY)
Assessing their ratings results for last week, each of the major broadcast networks had something to brag about. For the first full week of the May sweeps. CBS could declare that it attracted more adult viewers than any other network. Fox could boast that it had the most 18-49-year-olds. ABC could trumpet that it had the No. 1 show, Dancing with the Stars. And even lowly NBC was able to say that it came closer to planting an entertainment show in Nielsen’s top ten than it has for many a moon. Its newly launched talent contest The Voice came in at No. 12. The audience for all the nightly newscasts was up on news of the killing of Osama bin Laden and weather disasters in the South and Midwest. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams averaged 9.04 million viewers for the week. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer attracted a solid 7.97 million, while the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric rose to 5.83 million. For the week among total adults, CBS ranked No 1 with an average 6.2 rating an a 10 share. ABC placed second with a 5.8/10. Fox came in third with a 4.9/8, followed by NBC with a 3.6/6.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 13.3/20; 2. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 12.2/21; 2. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 12.2/19; 4. NCIS, CBS, 110./17; 5. Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 10.4/15; 6. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 8.7/13; 7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 8.6/17; 7. The Mentalist, CBS, 8.6/14; 9. Criminal Minds, CBS, 8.0/12; 9. The Good Wife, CBS, 8.0/13.