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July 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Once again, CBS was the clear ratings winner last week among total adults. It also was No. 1 among the key 18-49 age group, but it tied in that demo with NBC and, significantly, Spanish language Univision. Perhaps even more impressive was the fact that Univision led among adults 18-34 for the fourth consecutive week. CBS’s limited-run drama Extant, starring Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry in her first TV series, easily won the week with an average of 9.6 million viewers (it gained an estimated 2.3 million more over the following three days), beating out a plethora of reruns. Another summer drama, CBS’s Under the Dome, came in at No. 6 with 7.7 million viewers. It was expected to increase that "live" figure by about a third once the number of viewers who watched the on their DVRs over the following three days are taken into account. Two TV news magazines also performed strongly. A rerun of CBS’s 60 Minutes was No. 2 with 8.2 million viewers, while ABC’s 20/20 placed eighth with 6.3 million. However, on some nights, the nightly newscasts actually would have given them a run for the money if they had been included in the primetime ratings. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams averaged 7.8 million viewers for the week, followed by ABC World News with Diane Sawyer with 7.2 million. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley trailed with 6.1 million. For the week overall, CBS led with an average 3.6 household rating and a 7 share. NBC was second with a 2.9/5, followed closely by ABC with a 2.8/5. Fox was far behind with a 1.7/3.