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April 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS remained well ahead of its rivals in the ratings among total adults and among the key 18-49 age group during the 28th week of the broadcast season. Among total adults, CBS averaged 10.08 million viewers. ABC was a distant second with 6.39 million, followed by NBC with 5.72 million and Fox with 3.99 million. Two CBS shows that often see-saw at the top of the Nielsen ratings list shared first place last week. The Big Bang Theory and NCIS each averaged about 17 million viewers and a 10.8 rating/18 share. The third-place finisher was NCIS: Los Angeles followed by the Monday-night edition of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and the Academy of Country Music Awards special. Ratings for the three network newscasts slid, with the audience for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams dropping to 8.6 million viewers, down from 9.6 million a week earlier when interest in the search for the missing Malaysian airliner was high. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer placed second with 7.7 million, down from 8.5 million during the preceding week, and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley trailed with 6.8 million viewers, down from 7.6 million. For the week overall, CBS led with a 6.3 household rating and a 10 share, well ahead of second-place ABC with a 4.1/7. NBC placed third with a 3.6/6, while Fox trailed with a 2.5/4.