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April 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS wound up well ahead of its rivals in attracting the most viewers last week, but failed to come out ahead where it counts the most — the 18-49 age group. CBS averaged 8 million viewers — far in front of second-pace ABC with 6.4 million. But the two networks switched places when it came to the younger demo, with ABC averaging 1.9 million (a 1.5 rating and a 5 share), edging out CBS with 1.8 million (a 1.4 rating and a 4 share). CBS’s The Big Bang Theory scored the No. 1 position on both the list for total viewers and well as the one for the 18-49 demo. But a surprise was the emergence of CBS’s family police procedural Blue Bloods, starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, at No. 3 among total viewers (8.2 million) but tied for No. 41 on the 18-49 list (1.7 million). Among the evening newscasts, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams returned to take over first place among both total viewers and the 18-49 set after dropping behind among the latter during the previous two weeks. The newscast averaged 8.2 million viewers, ahead of ABC World News with Diane Sawyer with 7.6 million and the CBS Evening New with Scott Pelley with 6.3 million. For the week overall, CBS averaged a 5.1 household rating and a 9 share. ABC was second with a 4.1/7. NBC followed in third place with a 3.5/6, while Fox trailed with a 2.9/5.

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

1. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 10.0/17; 2. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 9.1/14; 3. Blue Bloods, CBS, 7.1/13; 3. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 7.1/12; 5. The Blacklist, NBC, 7.0/12; 6. NCIS, CBS, 6.8/11; 7. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 6.7/11; 8. 60 Minutes, CBS, 6.6/12; 8. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 6.6/10; 10. Castle, ABC, 6.4/11.