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May 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

NCIS returned to the top of the Nielsen list as the most-watched show last week, eclipsing the top talent contests such as American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, and The Voice, even as they neared the end of the season. The drama, which drew 17.6 million viewers, helped CBS win the week among total adult viewers. However, it had to share honors with Fox in the key 18-49 age group. (Fox’s performance edition of American Idol on Wednesday attracted 16.7 million viewers.) Among the evening newscasts, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams saw its numbers soften, dropping 5 percent to 7.79 million viewers from 8.19 million the previous week. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer also dropped — from 7.31 million to 7.0 million. But the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley once again saw its ratings improve slightly as it rose to 5.9 million viewers from 5.8 million a week earlier. Overall, CBS wound up the week with an average 6.3 household rating and an 11 share. ABC came in second with a 5.0/8. Fox placed third with a 4.1/7, while NBC trailed with a 3.3/6.

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

1. NCIS, CBS, 11.1/18; 2. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 10.5/16; 3. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 10.2/16; 4. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.5/14; 5. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 9.4/16; 6. Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 9.1/14; 7. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8.5/15; 8. Person of Interest, CBS, 8.4/13; 9. The Mentalist, CBS, 8.2/14; 10. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.6/14.