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March 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With some of television’s most popular shows of late drawing their lowest — or close to their lowest — ratings ever and with others in repeat mode, the numbers on the Nielsen ratings list for last week looked more like those for a typical summer week than those for midseason. CBS’s The Big Bang Theory was the most-watched show of the week with 17.3 million total viewers. NBC’s Tuesday-night edition of The Voice was a distant second with 13.8 million, while the Monday-night episode placed third with 13.5 million. Barely one million viewers separated the remaining top-ten contenders. (If AMC’s The Walking Dead had aired on a broadcast network, it would have wound up in fourth place with 12.87 million viewers.) Despite the rise in ratings that the cable news networks experienced because of intense interest in the missing Malaysian airliner, ratings for the broadcast networks’ evening news programs dropped during the week as they encountered Daylight Saving Time, which traditionally saps their numbers. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams was again the leader with 9.02 million viewers, down from 9.74 million viewers the previous week, when there was no such compelling event in the news. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer was in second place with 8.06 million viewers (down from 8.55 million a week earlier), while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley placed third with 6.65 million viewers (down from 7.58 million). For the week, CBS led with an average 5.2 household rating and a 9 share. ABC and NBC tied with a 4.2/7, while Fox trailed with a 2.8/5.

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

1. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 10.4/18; 2. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 8.4/14; 3. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 8.3/13; 4. Blue Bloods, CBS, 7.5/13; 5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.2/12; 5. (Tie) NCIS, CBS, 7.2/12; 7. The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, ABC, 6.9/11; 8. Criminal Minds, CBS, 6.8/11; 9. The Bachelor, ABC, 6.6/10; 9. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 6.6/11; 9. (Tie) Resurrection, ABC, 6.6/10.