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December 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A lot of people were watching TV last week. All but three of the top ten shows drew audiences of 15 million or more, and the three that did not were close behind. As usual, NBC’s Monday Night Football remained No. 1 as the Philadelphia Eagles/Dallas Cowboys matchup drew an average of 20.42 million viewers. But it just edged out CBS’s longrunning powerhouse NCIS with 19.76 million. The evening newscasts also scored strongly. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams drew an average of 9.4 million viewers during the week. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer counted 8.4 million, and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley drew 6.9 million. (The CBS newscast was up 5 percent in total viewers and 7 percent among the 25-54 age group over the comparable week in 2011.) For the weekend, CBS was the winner among total adults with a 7.2 rating and a 12 share. ABC averaged a 5.1/8, followed closely by NBC with a 4.9/8. Fox trailed with a 3.1/5.

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

1. Sunday Night Football (Philadelphia vs Dallas), NBC, 12.4/19; 2. NCIS, CBS, 12.1/18; 3. Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 10.8/17; 4. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 10.6/16; 5. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 10.5/17; 6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 10.3/15; 7. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.0/13; 8. Person Of Interest, CBS, 8.9/14; 9. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff, NBC, 8.7/13; 10. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 8.6/13.