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AFC PLAYOFF HELPS CBS TROUNCE RIVALS

January 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Last week, CBS not only was the No.1-rated television network among total adults and adults 18-49, it also had the most-watched show of the week. Indeed, the network that has been beaten by NFL football every week since NBC’s Sunday Night Football made its appearance last fall, topped every other broadcaster with Saturday’s telecast of the AFC Divisional Playoff between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. The second-highest rated program of the week was the hour-long runover of the NFC Playoff game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Although it didn’t have football to help it, NBC did have the Golden Globes to put it into the top ten — at No. 4, behind CBS’s powerhouse NCIS. Among the evening newscasts, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams continued to lead with 9.2 million viewers. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer came in second with 8.2 million, while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley continued to gain viewers, averaging 7.0 million for the week. Overall, CBS dominated with an average 8.3 rating and a 13 share. Fox placed second with a 5.0/8, followed by ABC with a 4.4/7. NBC trailed with a 4.2/7.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. AFC Divisional Playoff: Denver at New England, CBS, 18.5/30; 2. NFC Playoff: NY Giants at Green Bay, Fox, 13.4/21; 3. NCIS, CBS, 12.7/19; 4. Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 10.2/16; 4. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 10.2/16; 6. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 9.5/15; 7. Person of Interest, CBS, 8.8/14; 8. The Mentalist, CBS, 8.5/14; 9. Rob, CBS, 7.8/12; 10. Blue Bloods, CBS, 7.6/13.