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November 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS’s NCIS and the sixth and final game of the 2013 World Series wound up in a virtual dead heat for first place in last week’s ratings, Nielsen said on Tuesday. Nielsen gave NCIS a slight edge with 19.296 million viewers to the game’s 19.178 million, but the difference fell below Nielsen’s sampling error of plus or minus 3 percent and was therefore statistically insignificant. Both programs beat out the usual winner, NBC’s Sunday Night Football, which attracted 17.040 million viewers (although football remained supreme among the 18-49 age group that most advertisers court). Coverage of the Congressional hearings over the Affordable Care Act and the shooting at Los Angeles World Airport did not boost ratings for the evening newscasts. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams remained ahead with 8.7 million viewers, up slightly from 8.6 million a week ago. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer actually dropped significantly to 7.6 million from 8.0 million during the prior week. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley trailed with 6.8 million — flat from the previous week. Overall, CBS remained the most-watched network for the week with an average 6.6 household rating and an 11 share. NBC placed second with a 4.8/8, edging out ABC and Fox, which tied for third with a 4.7/8.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. NCIS, CBS, 12.0/19; 2. World Series Game 6, Fox, 11.3/18; 3. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 10.4/17; 4. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.9/15; 5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.3/14; 6. Fox World Series Game 5, Fox, 8.9/14; 7. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 8.7/13; 8. The Voice, NBC, 7.9/12; 9. Person of Interest, CBS, 7.7/13; 10. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 7.3/13.